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Nicaragua - Esmerelda - Light Roast

Nicaragua - Esmerelda - Light Roast

Regular price $18.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $18.00 USD
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Flavor: Plum, Papaya, White Grape

Process: Washed, 12oz

Variety: Red Catuai

Altitude: 1258 Meters

About the Coffee:

Esmeralda is a female farmer who is single and proud to own and run her farm. To be frank, she is a leader in her family who makes everyone else's lives work while the men in her life have too often let her family down. She inherited the farm (Los Angeles, "The Angels" in English) directly from her mother, Victoria, who is also a female farm owner and member of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers. Esmeralda was born in 1984. She spent her childhood picking coffee and helping run her family's household. At the age of 13 she started attending school (walking three hours to get there) and made it through the second year of high school. Then, she met a young man with whom she had her son, Jeremias. However, her partner left her and she now runs her farm, cooks for all of her brothers, and cares for her son, alone but with some help from her extended family. She hopes to purchase a piece of land for her son so that he can take up farming and learn to be responsible with farming and his life. 

Conscientious Coffee: 

Gold Mountain Coffee Growers is a direct trade farming group that connects farmers of high-cupping specialty coffee directly with coffee roasters.They have our own flagship coffee farm (Finca Idealista) in Nicaragua and are at origin, all the time. They export from their farms ourselves and import ourselves, shipping direct from farmers to roasteries across the world from our North American warehouse.

Their member farmers receive microcredit and larger loans as well as technical assistance. With this empowerment they increase yields, expand their farms, invest in processing equipment, and provide for their families. They work with communities on projects including running water and libraries in schools and electricity in homes. They also bought a rainforest to protect endangered species there and were given the SCAE 2016 excellence award for sustainability. These and more projects are sustained through excellent-cupping specialty coffee.

They bought a rainforest next to our flagship farm (Finca Idealista) just to protect it! They don't grow any coffee there and their security guards patrol the area to prevent deforestation. The natural pollinators and cool breeze from the forest keep adjacent coffee farms cooler, acting as an air conditioner. This lengthens beans' maturation cycles, giving them time to absorb natural sugars and organic material, which increases coffee's complexity.

They offer girls in their community free computing classes so that they can build a life skill and be empowered for their future
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