Our Nicaragua Nueva Segovia SHG awakens with an aroma of chocolate, nougat, and red apple, with undertones of citrus and a medium sweetness.
Grown in a rich combination of sand, silt, and clay soil at 1400 masl, grown varietals include Catimor, Caturra, Catuai, Paca, and Maragogype. Coffees from Nueva Segovia stand out for their flavor, balance, and intense sweetness. Nicaragua is known as the land of ‘los lagos y los volcanes’ (lakes and volcanos) and has many growing ‘pockets’ that few have heard of or experienced. Many producers in the country are experimenting with new varieties and processing methods, making Nicaragua a specialty origin to watch.
Brewing Device: Bee House Ceramic Dripper Pour Over
Coffee: 32g whole bean coffee
Grind Size: Medium coarse (Kosher salt)
Volume: 420ml; 40ml bloom for 30 sec.
Brew Time: 2 min. and 45 sec.
Cooperatives and farmer associations in Nicaragua encompass a large percentage of the country’s coffee producers, and they are taking their destiny into their own hands. By emphasizing quality and aiming for the international specialty coffee industry, co-oops and farmer associations are helping their members gain influence and import that will, hopefully, garner enough profit to enable farmers to continue to improve and invest in their farms and their families.
Coffee cherries are picked, hand sorted, depulped, fermented for 24 hours, washed, and density sorted in classification channels at each individual farm. Wet Parchment is then transported to Cafetos de Segovia’s drying facility and slowly dried to 10.5 percent. This step takes the burden of drying infrastructure and labor costs off of the farmers and also ensures more uniform and gentle drying using shade cloth to control temperatures. Cafetos de Segovia also has a dry mill facility to prepare coffee for export, which ensures traceability and quality control through the entire process.
When coffee is cultivated and harvested from small family-owned farms, exporters play a critical role in ensuring quality and fairness. Our partner is Cafetos de Segovia, an export company established in 2015 by two sisters (Ana y Martha Albir Sotomayor) with a focus on transparency, tracing our Segovia to 5 farms:
- Finca La Cascada with 37 acres in the municipality of Jalapa: owned by Elvin Ponce
- Finca San Miguel with almost 25 acres in the municipality of San Fernando: owned by Johanna Amador
- Finca Agua Sarca with 148 acres in the municipality of Dipilto: owned by Isacio Albir Vilchez
- Finca Las Naranjas with almost 20 acres in the municipality of Mozonte: owned by Juan Carlos Florián
- Finca Bethania with almost 72 acres in the municipality of Macuelizo: owned by Ana y Martha Albir