Seasonal - Nicaragua NI Microlot El Peñón Natural

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Seasonal: Nicaragua NI Microlot El Peñón

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This is a truly exceptional coffee from the El Peñón micro-farm on the La Bastilla Estates, which has optimum soil and altitude for the Red Catuai varietal. The amazing taste comes from the cherries being hand-picked when very ripe then slowly and carefully dried at a low temperature. Of all the microlots, El Peñón Natural is most difficult and time consuming to process but the end result speaks for itself.

About the Producer: 

La Bastilla Coffee Estates owns two coffee farms in Nicaragua, La Bastilla in Jinotega and Santa Luz in Matagalpa, both are focused on the speciality market. The estate is fully independent, using its own resources for every stage of the operation from seed to export container. La Bastilla works closely with F.E.E.R; the Foundation for Rural Education and Entrepreneurship which engages the farms youth to promote quality education. The estate has around 50 permanent staff and up to 500 temporary staff during harvest. Production is 4000 sacks per year.

Situated approximately 20 kilometres from Jinotega, the La Bastilla farm is adjacent to an important biological Nature Reserve in the Jinotega area. The farm itself covers 311 hectares with 160 hectares under coffee cultivation. The remaining area is mostly primary forest protected by law through its proximity to the nature reserve. This forest area provides La Bastilla with a unique microclimate and sanctuary for a number of plant, animal and bird species. Some land on the estate is dedicated as an agricultural area used by La Bastilla Agricultural Technical School. Opened in 2008, the school trains students in agriculture and eco-tourism.

La Bastilla farm also has a number of micro-plantations at different locations and altitudes that produce some amazing coffees including the wonderful El Penon Blueberry Candy. 

Rainforest AllianceThis coffee is Rainforest Alliance certified. 


  • Region: Jinotega
  • Producer: La Bastilla Estates
  • Certification: Rainforest Alliance
  • Crop year: 2019
  • Altitude: 1250 - 1350 masl
  • Process: Natural
  • Varietal: Red Catuai
  • Prep: Sundried, picked  at final stage of ripeness

Tasting notes: Sweet coffee fruit, pineapple, fresh cocoa, blueberry, candy like overall sweetness

Roasted for espresso and filter 

If you would like your beans to be ground, please state for what coffee maker you require the coffee, and if it is an espresso machine, state the make and model in the comments section at checkout. 

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  • 5
    Pretty good!

    Posted by Jason on 20th Aug 2020

    I always wanted to try proper Guatemalan coffee and Di Bartoli was the first to have it available so I ordered it. I particularly like a short, more condensed shot (“ristretto”) or somewhere between ristretto and expresso for this roast. Highly recommend!

  • 4
    Indonesia Sumatra Kerinci

    Posted by suellen dainty on 11th May 2020

    I rated this four out of five, because of personal taste - I prefer a milder coffee. But if you like big rich roasts, this would be absolutely perfect.

  • 5
    Best DiBartoli beans for espresso

    Posted by Alex on 29th Mar 2020

    I've been buying DiBartoli beans ever since I've bought a coffee machine there about a year ago and these ones are the best espresso beans they had over that time. God balance of acidity, fruit, and flavour!