The Story -
This coffee comes to us from the PRODECOOP coffee co-operative organisation, an organisation helping over 2000 smallholder producers in Northern Nicaragua process and export their coffee. This coffee is one of their speciality grade micro-lots and is certified organic.
Over its existence, PRODECOOP has developed a long line of programs that aim to support their members in a multitude of different ways -
- Study Through Coffee
Each year 3,000 packages of school supplies and backpacks are delivered to school children, encouraging school attendance and proficiency.
2. Women’s Initiative
A fund exists that gives women producers, producers’ wives, and producers’ daughters access to loans. This allows for ventures and opportunities such as starting small businesses. Once a loan is paid off, one can apply for more.
3. Cultivating Health
Promoters trained in the prevention of cervical cancer give talks to interested members. Healthcare provision and raised awareness have allowed for screening of more than 3,000 women so far. This program is made possible through Grounds For Health and Nicaragua’s Ministry of Health.
4. Productivity and Quality
This program is directly focused on the increase of both quality and productivity of coffee by means of education of pest and disease control, diversification of varieties, and specifically combating leaf rust.
5. Food Security and Sovereignty
As most of the producing families are very small in size, the recent changes in climate patterns have a greater effect on the livelihoods of smallholders. This program is dedicated to educating people on diversifying their food securities through the farming of different crops and maintaining livestock, such as chickens, pigs, and cattle.
Nerdy Coffee Stuff -
This coffee is grown in the mountains of far north Nicaragua, at an altitude of 1250-1350 MASL. It’s a blend of Bourbon, Typica, Caturra and some Castillo, and it’s a traditional washed process coffee. All of this leads to a coffee with a classic Central American profile, but with strict picking and processing practices, it is magical, with layered flavours of hazelnut, graham cracker and milk chocolate, a juicy and malic acidity, and complex aftertaste.
We bought this coffee with our friends at Cafe Imports. We cupped it at an 85.5 and paid $2.87 per pound.
- The Commodity price of coffee at the time of purchase was $0.98 per pound.