by / Dec 16, 2022
Thanks to the rich volcanic soil and lush vegetation, coffee thrives in Nicaragua. After the revolution in 1979, cooperative organizations drove reforms that granted thousands of small land plots to former migrant laborers. But, spurred on by growing concerns about the massive ecological impact of coffee production, growth slowed as land was depleted. In 1992, coffee trees covered more Nicaraguan soil than any other crop. Today, the industry continues to grow and evolve, now propelled by direct trade with specialty coffee companies worldwide and motivated by a commitment to high-quality beans and ecological sustainability. Over 40,000 families grow coffee in Nicaragua, 95% of which is shade grown to minimize deforestation—a big win for the coffee farmers, the environment, and for specialty coffee lovers.