Finca La Escondida is close to Lake Apanas near the city of Jinotega in Nicaragua. In Spanish, escondida means ‘hidden’ which is fitting because the farm is hidden from the road by forest.
The first Nicaraguan coffee trees were only planted at La Escondida in 2006, so it’s still a fairly young farm. La Escondida’s layout was planned using plots with different microclimates. In coffee, micro-climates make all the difference to the end cup and influence factors like soil quality, sun exposure and temperature range. This is one of the upsides of planting a new farm – being able to plan ahead!
It can take a while to get things right with a new farm, but La Escondida has really hit the ground running.
- Community: Lipululo
- Department: Jinotega
- Farm manager: Jose Elias Contreras
- Farm owners: The Mierisch Family
- Coffee growing area: 70 hectares
- Harvest months: December-March
- Diurnal temp. cycle: Avg High 25ºC, Low 21ºC
- Varietals grown: Laurina, Red Catuai, Javanica, Yellow Pacamara