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Nicaragua

About Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America sandwiched between Costa Rica to the South and Honduras to the north with the Caribbean to the East and Pacific West coast. It’s lush tropical vegetation, high mountains (often volcanic) and temperate climate give it the perfect climate for agriculture. A tumultuous modern day period of political struggles, Civil war (albeit short) and US backed dictatorships have given way to a peaceful and politically stable country that today sees tourism grow at a double digit annual rate (a good a marker as any for a reflection on a nations stability)

About Nicaragua Coffee

Nicaragua has been producing coffee for over 200 years, but a turbulent past almost destroyed the industry. Since 1990, after political stability resumed, Nicaragua’s coffee industry has flourished thanks to some well-placed family estates driving the sector forward. Much of the coffee is produced in the highlands of Jinotega and Matagalpa which each produce distinct and unique flavours. Common to all high grown Nicaraguan coffees is a well-balanced flavour, moderate levels of acidity, with sweetness and citrusy fruits. Varietals most common in Nicaragua include Bourbon and Caturra – well established classical varietals. Small holder producers are often organically producing coffee even if not officially certified as such. The cost on inputs in agriculture in Nicaragua are high. Thanks to the tropical rainforest nature of the country, many coffees are also Rain Forest Alliance certified – especially amongst the estate grown coffees. Almost all of coffee produced in Nicaragua is shade grown. The shade grown high altitude coffee produces a well-developed, dense hard bean.

Our coffees from Nicaragua

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