Organic Nicaraguan Dark Roast Coffee 1/2 lb
Nicaragua was not known for coffee until the middle of the 1800’s, when a spike in the price of Brazilian coffee led suppliers to look for cheaper alternatives. Seizing on this opportunity, the Nicaraguan government invited young Germans to settle in the region with the goal of promoting coffee growing. In 1853, the German couple Louis Elster and Katharina Braun became the first people to plant coffee trees in the area. After several successful harvests, word got around about the good soil (and generous government subsidies) and European and North American planters settled and built estates. Matagalpa soon become famous as a coffee-growing region. By the 1870s coffee was the nation’s biggest export crop and would be for the next one-hundred years.
Today,the Nicaraguan coffee industry supports 45,000 farming families, of which an estimated 95% are small-holders. The revival occurred for several reasons. First, Nicaragua has found their niche in the international gourmet coffee market and are sought out around the world for their unique flavor. Fair trade practices have improved the economic prospects of the farmers, as well. In addition to growing and selling coffee as a commodity, Nicaragua has become a big destination for agri-tourism. Coffee lovers from all over the world come to Nicaragua to visit the fincas, to see first-hand how the organic coffee is grown and processed, to spend time with the farmers, and to take in the natural beauty of the area. First Coast Tea Co brings this sought after coffee variety to your door.