Nicaragua Finca Las Cumbres
(Nutty & Sweet)
Finca Las Cumbres is located in Limay, Estelí, Nicaragua and run by Walter Jose Picada Perez. The farm sits at a range of elevations from 1,150 – 1,250 m.a.sl and consists of approximately 350 manzanas in total, with 80% planted in Caturra, 10% Catimore and 10% Yellow Bourbon; this lot is comprised of 100% Caturra. Walter’s grandfather initially purchased the farm, which was just a small piece of land. Over time, with the help of his wife, they were able to grow basic grains and sugar cane, as well as raise livestock, purchasing more and more land each year. Walter, who also runs the farm with his three brothers and mother, are now the third generation to work this land. In order to produce this quality, they maintain quality agricultural practices, proper fertilization schedules, as well as a plan to prevent diseases that are often found within coffee plantations; all of this while taking into account the preservation of the environment. The farm is divided into 5 separate lots, all with the names of his aunts, whom little by little he purchased the lots from.
Finca Las Cumbres was chosen as one of the regional winners of B2B Nicaragua in 2019, which makes Walter feel proud that the fruits of his labor are being recognized on an international level. However, Walter recognizes that his success is nothing without the workers on the farm who help contribute to the production of coffee and he even pays higher than standard wages, as well as lending money without interest rates to some of the workers who also produce coffee. This support that he lends to the community is really important as many of these workers main incomes are off the land and the standard interest rates that they can find elsewhere are so high, that they eat into basically all of their profits.
Our importer met Walter though their relationship with Beneficio Las Segovias, where he dries and mills his coffees. The mill processes his coffees with extra care and has helped him find international markets.
Tasting Notes :
Cocoa, Walnut, Syrup
*2lb and 5lb orders are roasted fresh to order on Wednesday's and shipped on Thursday's.
As a collective, we buy excellent specialty grade green beans and roast them on the 52 acres of A Place for the Heart. All Maker Coffee proceeds go to support the 18 Inch Journey and our dream of discipling the next generation.