The coffee industry in Nicaragua has undergone periods of turmoil that have hindered the development of the speciality sector in the country. Many experienced coffee farmers fled during the years under Sandinista rule of the late 1970s to the 1990s. When the political scene changed, those farmers returned and not long after, Nicaragua started to produce some very good coffee. However, the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch and the prolonged world coffee price crisis created further giant -sized hurdles for a country that can, and now does, produce some very desirable coffees indeed.
Key growing regions include the mountainous regions of Matagalpa and Jinotega though it is Nueva Segovia that is heralded as Nicaragua’s premier growing region, particularly the Cordillera de Dipilto – Jalapa – a mountainous region which runs along the Honduran border. Time after time it is this region which produces Cup of Excellence winning lots, for the farms.
NICARAGUA CERRO DE JESUS
The municipality of Jalapa is located in the ‘Cordillera Dipilto’ in Nueva Segovia. Finca Cerro de Jesus sits on the highest mountain in the area and occupies a total area of 280 hectares, with 126 hectares in coffee. Situated amongst the Comarca El Escambray community at altitudes ranging from 1100 to 1450 metres above sea level, Nicaragua Cerro de Jesus has a diverse range of luscious vegetation and wildlife brought about by high levels of annual rainfall. There is Catuai, Caturra, Bourbon and Pacamara growing amongst luscious shade trees and the farm also provides schooling for children of the 300 workers who live on the farm.