Our Nicaragua sample duo called "A Tale of Two Coffees" is the story of two women-owned farms located about 65 miles apart in the mountainous Matagalpa region of Nicaragua. These coffees represent some of the country's best harvests this season.
One 6oz bag of each coffee is packaged together in a handsome custom-designed box perfect for gift giving.
Net wt: 12oz
FINCA LAS BRISAS - 6oz
Owner: Kay Force
Location: Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Altitude: 1100-1250 mall
Process: Honey (Pulp Natural)
Notes: Apricot, Floral, Spices
SELVA NEGRA ESTATES - 6oz
Owner: Mausi Kuhl
Location: Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Cultivar: Yellow Catuai
Notes: Grape, Apple, Allspice
Finca Las Brisas is one of the neighboring farms to our long time friends at the Selva Negra Estate. Owned by Katherine Force, Finca Las Brisas means "farm in the mists" as it is located high in the Cerro Apante Nature Reserve of Matagalpa. The coffee is grown under shade trees of banana, guava, orange, lemon, and many other varieties that are filled with different species of migratory birds.
Katherine and her late husband Hugh purchased the farm in 2005 after deciding to make a permanent move to Nicaragua. They restored the land back into small scale coffee production, and eventually expanded into a 120 acre farm, with 20 acres dedicated to coffee production. The farm also supports a small dairy herd as a source for cheese and milk for the surrounding community.
Katherine, along with their full-time staff of 12, process coffee in all 3 different methods: washed, pulp natural and full natural. They take the care in sorting their lots by variety and processing method that are each uniquely different in the cup. We chose to purchase this honey process microlot, because of its sweet, balanced, and fruity characteristics.
A honey process (also known as pulp natural) is where the skin of the coffee cherry is removed, and the pulp of the fruit is left to dry directly on the seed. This results in fruity notes in the cup and is much more efficient to process as compared to a natural method due to the great amount of rainfall they receive.
Selva Negra Estate coffee is farmed by the Kuhl family in the mountainous region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. This family-owned farm dates back to 1883, and is in its sixth generation of coffee cultivation. Eddy and Mausi Kuhl, along with their daughter Heddy, continue the time honored tradition started by their German ancestors who immigrated to Nicaragua for the purpose of starting a coffee plantation. Joe Van Gogh directly trades with the Kuhl family through Heddy Kuhl and her Beanealogy Green Bean Program, the US distributor of her family's coffee beans, which ensures an equitable trade to the farm.
The Selva Negra Estate is committed to environmentally friendly and socially conscious practices. In efforts to continue sustainability, the coffee is shade grown, coffee by-product is used for composting, farmers use a water processing method that decreases water usage forty times than the average commercial mill, and the farmers continue the development of organic weed and pest control in their own labs.