The story of Hasbean and Finca Limoncillo is a long and exciting one, and we don’t intend for it to stop any time soon! Limoncillo is one of several fantastic farms owned by Dr. Erwin Mierisch and his family. Having previously lived and worked in the United States, he returned to Nicaragua in the mid-1990s because coffee has always been his passion. Today we count the Mierisch family as close friends, and they’re also very well-respected producers in Nicaragua.
Known for their experimental processing, varietal work and exceptional Nicaraguan coffee, the Mierisch family employ over 3000 staff during the harvest. They pay their employees 30% more than the minimum wage, provide free food, housing, day care and healthcare facilities for families and offer free education to help staff diversify their skills. More than 60 families live on Finca Limoncillo, which is a testament to how much the Mierisch family care about the people who support them.
Finca Limoncillo is in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua. It is 171 hectares in size, 109 used for coffee cultivation, with the remainder used to raise cattle and horses and left to natural woodland. The Mierisch family follows sustainable farming practices such as minimal use of chemicals, and exercises considerate land management to reduce their environmental impact as much as possible.