Tasting Notes: Pear, Apple, Craisins Grower: Sabino and Maria Jesus Variety: Red Catuai, Caturra, Pacamara Region: Jinotega, Nicaragua Process: Handpicked, Natural, Washed, & Dried on Raised Beds Altitude: 1,400 m Grower Certification(s): Conventional
Sabino, his wife Maria Jesus, and their five children live in a small village of farmers who produce coffee and vegetables at the highest altitudes of Jinotega. When you visit their farm you may still see Sabino using two oxen to pull a cart or to plow a field before planting. They have abundant raised beds for drying coffee and selecting out imperfections. Don Sabino hopes to continue his father’s coffee farming legacy. The attention he pays to the many details involved with coffee production bodes well for their ability to consistently produce high-scoring microlots. They aspire to plant more coffee and to implement new and more efficient techniques. They say that these improvements will allow them to hire more workers and make renovations on their farm, which has an excellent altitude and climate for coffee production.
Sabino and Maria Jesus have partnered with Mountain Coffee Growers (GMCG). GMCG is a social enterprise that works directly with coffee producers in Nicaragua by connecting them with roasters abroad. GMCG teams up with producers who are willing to take the steps necessary (and whose altitude and soil conditions allow) to produce high-cupping specialty coffee. GMCG is on the ground with every partner farm during picking to ensure ripeness with refractometers and ripeness bracelets. GMCG also carries out sustainable development projects in communities, such as free computing classes for girls from coffee communities, medical assistance, microcredit, running water in schools, and educational supplies.