Los Nubarrones - Nicaragua

This smooth, stonefruit like cup showcases the aromatic Java variety from its reclaimed farm beautifully



Like most coffee farms in Nicaragua Los Nubarrones has a rocky past. Mariano & Emir’s story is no exception! From 1975 to 1979, the Nicaraguan revolution hit the entire country, but it was even more intense at the Honduran border where this farm is located. This forced the family to emigrate to the USA. They returned to Ocotal six years later to find that their house and much of their farmland had been seized by the government.

From the 70 hectares of land they previously owned, the Government kindly returned 5.6 Hectares to Mariano and Emir. Due to low coffee prices the Montealegre family decided to grow speciality and create their own dry mill in addition to the wet mill, adding value to their product. Having this milling station so nearby allows them to process the coffee without delaying, this often leads to a higher quality cup. Their mill submits lots to the national Cup of Excellence every year, and always ranks highly!

Info

Farm

Mariano Montealegre & Emir Antonia Aquilar are running the coffee farm together.

Region

The coffee is grown in the Cerro Mogoton region.

Curiosity

Los Nubarrones, one of the highest elevation points in Nicaragua.

Elevation

Between 1600-1700 meters high, these altitudes encourage sweetness in the profile.

Variety

Java is originally an Ethiopia variety and was brought over to the Americas by the Dutch.

Process

During the natural process, the cherries are dried in full and rotated every 3-4 hours.

A revolution


 

From 1975 to 1979, the Nicaraguan revolution hit the entire country


 

From 1975 to 1979, the Nicaraguan revolution hit the entire country, but it was even more intense at the Honduran border where this farm is located. This forced the family to emigrate to the USA. They returned to Ocotal six years later to find that their house and much of their farmland had been seized by the government. From the 70 hectares of land they previously owned, the Government kindly returned 5.6 Hectares to Mariano and Emir.

The Java Variety


 

Java is a special variety with quite a journey.


 

Java is a special variety with quite a journey. Originally from Ethiopia the Dutch brought it over to the island of Java in the 19th century. Later on it was taken to Cameroon and thought to be Typica. The variety proved to be tolerant to coffee berry disease (CBD) making it attractive for farmers wanting a reliable yield. It was therefore introduced in 1991 to Costa Rica where disease had struck the coffee industry. Java then spread throughout central America and was prized for its geisha-like qualities.

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