Farm info

Finca San Jose de las Nubes is approximately 190 hectares of land, with 70 hectares dedicated to growing coffee under shade. The name of the farm aptly describes the cloud forest environment enveloping the property. Producer Bayardo Reyes is a third-generation coffee grower and named the lot where this coffee was produced for his father, Don Mauricio, as he follows in his footsteps.

Las Nubes employs 30 year-round workers and runs a small school for local children, also offering night classes for adults. The farm provides school supplies for local children and supports a private clinic by contributing medical supplies and transportation. Meals served to workers are hearty and nutritious and always include meat or chicken. Solar and wind power provide the farm’s electricity and the farm uses a water treatment system. Hilda manages the farm and is one of few women to hold the position of farm manager as a full-time role, rather than as a family obligation. Finca Las Nubes values sustainability and transparency as crucial to coffee quality and uses coffee farming as a tool for affecting social impact.

Region

Matagalpa

The mountains above the city of Matagalpa are the center of Nicaragua’s coffee production. Producers in Matagalpa harvest, wash, and begin drying the coffee before trucking it down the mountains to warmer zones with more space for post-harvest processing and export preparations. The Panamerican highway runs along Nicaragua’s western Pacific coast, and the flat, hot fields along the highway are used to dry coffee in the sun. Most of Nicaragua’s dry mills are located in this area.

Matagalpa’s farms are remote, many with limited or no access to electricity. Most coffee production is integrated with shade, combing local tree species with coffee cultivation. Nicaragua’s complex history of land ownership results in many layers of cooperatives and strong private businesses. The independent smallholders in Matagalpa who are able to produce, process, and sell their coffee are proud to offer coffee traceable to a person and place.

The city of Matagalpa is rich with history of indigenous and colonial legacies and remains a bustling center for commerce and agricultural trade of corn, beans, sugar, and fruit as well as coffee.