Nicaragua "Kid from Decatur" - Single Origin
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Notes: Cranberry, Pear, Grape (lots of folks tasted Pineapple too!)
Region: Nueva Segovia
Altitude: 1,550 - 1,800 masl
Process: Natural process
Species: 100% Arabica
This coffee was part of the Roasters Spotlight, a limited-time project sponsored by Glitter Cat Barista, a nonprofit dedicated to uplifting marginalized voices and communities in coffee. We've decided to keep roasting it!
This project represented a personal yet familial journey of spirituality, energy, love, and inspiration.
“Kid from Decatur” (click this link to go to Tio's curated Spotify tracklist) is the story of me, Tio Fallen, the roaster born and in raised in Decatur, GA, on the East Side of Atlanta. Some may know that the greatest influence on my life to date has been my grandfather, a southern Pentecostal pastor who introduced me to my first sip of coffee, placed a trumpet in my hands for the first time, and always pushed me to do better and be better in everything I committed myself to. But many may not know that I wasn’t the only grandchild or person strongly influenced by Elder Paul Grant.
“The Beautiful People” (click this link to go to Rahbi's curated Spotify tracklist) is inspired by the singer and songwriter RAHBI who is my first cousin, friend and just one of many examples of the creative energy that was nurtured and bloomed within our family, and by my grandfather. RAHBI has inspired me since we were kids when I would sing backup to him in the church choir. But he continues to inspire me with his fearless spirit, infectious energy and provocative enthusiasm. I admire his messages of love, self-confidence and finding the beauty from within.
This Catimor Natural is sourced from Finca Un Regalo de Dios which translates to “A Gift of God.”
The name hearkens back to my theme of spiritual exploration and communicates the reverence that farmer Luis Alberto Balladarez has for his crop and the blessings it has provided him. I’ve had the opportunity to visit Nicaragua and was in awe of its amazing beauty. The terroir is predicated on mineral rich volcanic soils, lush forests, fresh lakes and tropical micro-climates that allow for complexity of flavor in its coffees. Some volcanoes in Nicaragua are still active and I one of my fond memories was that I hiked up to a volcano summit, taking in the smell of sulfur emanating from geothermal energy below. I’d like to think that same geothermal energy manifests itself the coffee.