Coming from five small farms located in the municipality of Jinotega. Juan de Dios Castillo and his wife Miriam Aruaz began buying the land to form the Paraíso farms in the 1980’s with money earned from their tailor shop, which is still in operation today. Much of the coffee business has been passed on to Juan and Miriam’s five children who formed J&M Family Coffee (“J” for Juan and “M” for Miriam) to export high quality coffee without compromising the environment. J&M Family Coffee operates their own wet and dry mill, which gives them full control of processing the coffee.
Tasting Notes: Best at a medium to dark roast. fuller bodied with rich malty semi-sweet undertones, a little hint of lemony citrus at the medium roast level when fresh but a low acidity offering overall, can bring out a little hint of caramel and slight floral overtones, a little sweeter and smoother cup. Will get a little smoky edgy aftertaste once touching second crack if drank too quickly, a couple day setup smooths it out greatly.
Roasting Notes: Easy to roast and versatile coffee. Medium roasts are nice for a daily drinker, a little more body and a bit smoother. Works nicely dark as well, good base for espresso blends, the roasty notes are a compliment to the malty factor while still being fairly neutral tasting. The classic Nic profile is always one of my favorite dark roast coffees.