Last month, we received our latest arrival of our Direct Trade Nicaraguan coffee. The farmers managed to put together for us a very limited amount of pulped natural coffee in addition to their washed coffee offering. After a bit of experimentation with ratios, we’ve finally landed on the right balance of pulped natural and washed coffee for our single origin espresso blend.
The coffee we bring in from this coop is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee. That means that during the fermentation stage, after the pulp is removed, the coffee beans are put into a fermentation tank with water anywhere from 16-36 hours. In the pulped natural process, after the pulp has been removed, the beans covered in the slippery mucilage are sent straight to the drying patios where fermentation occurs. By combining both the washed and pulped natural processed coffees together, we end up with a beautiful expression of this single origin coffee.
The La Pelona espresso blend is much different than our Espresso Monte Cristo. It carries a nice brightness on the front end followed by a candy like sweetness with dark chocolate undertones. It’s a very welcoming espresso for those not in the habit of drinking espresso regularly. The body is light and delicate and sits nicely on the palate. It also works well with milk and makes an incredible cappuccino.
This organic coffee is produced by a small cooperative of 43 families who live on top of a mountain, “La Pelona”, and seated between two active volcanoes. Their coffee is grown under huge trees in a tropical dry forest. These families are part of The Cooperative of Organic and Traditional Farmers and Exporters of Nicaragua(COPROEXNIC). This coop works closely with the Centre for Development in Central America (CDCA). With more than 30 years of experience working with the poor, the CDCA works with local leaders to create sustainable jobs in Nicaraguan communities. COPROEXNIC was started in 1995 and works with organic farmers in the countryside by providing technical and agricultural assistance, and identifying and obtaining a market for the exportation of their products to the United States. COPROEXNIC serves over an estimated 2,000 growers in 12 different communities throughout western Nicaragua.
COPROEXNIC gives farmers access to a better price for their crops, which allows them to stay on their land and continue farming. Many farmers in Nicaragua have been forced to leave their farms and move to main cities to seek other opportunities because they could not support their families through agriculture. The result of the migration off the land is an increase in poverty in a country where the majority of people struggle to make ends meet. The COPROEXNIC model has proven effective for farmers: through organized cooperative business management, farmers can continue to produce and profit from their land and labor. COPROEXNIC also helps farmers successfully export their product to higher price markets around the world.
We are proud to work with these families and help create a better way of life. We’re excited to work with this coffee and craft something really special and amazing and we hope you love this coffee as much as we do.
– Chuck Pfahler, Brand Founder