Honduras Mierisch Cerro Azul Java
Taste Like: Toffee, Orange, Almond, Raisin
Java seed stock comes from our original home and origin: Nicaragua, where we dubbed it “Javanica”. We obtained those seeds by pure chance. The story goes that in mid 2001, my grandfather and father were driving back from one of our farms when they noticed a man on the side of the road selling some fruit. They stopped to purchase some and they noticed the man had a bag with him that was labeled “Java”. He claims they were seeds of a rare variety he said was Java. My father was skeptical to the say the least, however my grandfather felt bad for the man and decided to purchase the seeds. Luckily, the man was indeed not lying, it is the longberry Java variety. We later learned that the area they had met this mysterious man, was actually the site of a nursery project that was spearheaded by an organization known as UNICAFE. Their goal was to bring over exotic varietals and study their productivity and disease resistance potential. Unfortunately, the project went bankrupt. Our theory is that the man must have worked at the nursery, or knew someone that did, and he probably got the seeds from there. We first planted it in our farm Limoncillo in Nicaragua, which even gained it 2nd Place in COE Nicaragua 2007/2008. The success of the Javanica has been enormous in Nicaragua, it only made sense we grew it at higher altitudes in Honduras. It was brought over almost immediately, and planted in 2012 in Honduras. It's susceptible to all major diseases but it does have a good yield production for an exotic variety and the cup quality is fabulous at high altitudes (more recently earning 4th Place in COE Nicaragua 2017). It was initially believed to be a cousin/mutation of Typica (given the similar bean and treen structure) but more recent findings indicate that it is indeed an Ethiopian heirloom varietal initially that was then taken to the island of Java where it got its name.
Purchased towards the end of 2011, Cerro Azul was always a coffee farm. Most of the coffee trees on the farm are from the previous owner. We’ve only replanted new varieties on about 28 hectares. These include Java, Yellow Pacamara, Yellow Pacas, Orange Bourbon, Ethiosar, and Gesha. We use pruning methods on the old plants to keep them producing a good harvest and quality. Cerro Azul hosts our cupping lab and some patios. Erwin J. Mierisch was head judge for COE in Honduras in 2011 and he saw great potential in Honduran coffee. "At the time Honduran coffee wasn’t perceived or noticed for high-quality. So once he found out the availability of Cerro Azul farm that piqued our interest. We also wanted to share our knowledge that we learned in Nicaragua with another origin country."