Nicaragua - El Cipres
ORIGIN - NICARAGUA
REGION - JINOTEGA
FARM - EL CIPRES
OWNER - YADER LOPEZ AND KAREN SALGADO
ALTITUDE - 1400M
VARIETY CATURRA & CATUAI
PROCESS - WASHED
Nicaragua is the largest but most sparsely populated country in all of Central America, and one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Although coffee remains the country’s primary export, the specialty coffee industry has been hindered by decades of political unrest, civil war, and natural disasters.
In 1979 a deadly civil war began when a group of Marxist intellectuals overthrew then- president Samoza, whose family had been in power for almost forty years. The countryside was decimated and more than 40,000 people were killed.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s many coffee farms were left overgrown and abandoned. To make matters worse, the coffee mills that remained were often targeted by rebel groups. In 1995 Hurricane Mitch dealt what seemed like a final blow to the coffee industry. The storm destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, and displaced thousands of coffee farmers.
Today, Nicaragua’s coffee industry is beginning to rebound. Great strides have been made with regard to social welfare, which is driving rural development, and thus improving coffee production. Meanwhile, forward-thinking farmers have begun to promote coffee quality over quantity. The creation of the Nicaraguan Specialty Coffee Association, and programs such as the “Cup of Excellence” have helped to raise the caliber of coffee across Nicaragua.
El Cipres is nestled within one of Jinotega’s prime coffee cultivating areas. The farm sits on some of the highest mountains in all on Nicaragua, creating a unique and breezy microclimate. In fact the climate is so cold that coffee from El Cipres is harvested two full months after the country’s traditional harvest cycle.
The chilly temperatures slow down the maturation of the coffee trees, giving more time for the beans to collect nutrients. The result is dense sugar-laden beans that provide sweet and complex cupping notes. This particular lot exudes vibrant flavors of melon and stone-fruit, with a dense chocolate-like aftertaste.