We are proud to launch our social project coffee, the Nicaragua La Esperanza, where we establish a direct and closer relationship with the farm owners to purposefully contribute to the ecosystem of the community.
La Esperanza, meaning The Hope in Spanish, – Finca San Francisco is a fully washed Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) grade coffee grown by one of the most innovative coffee producers based in Jinotega, North Central Nicaragua. The carefully hand-picked coffee cherries are delivered at the farm’s wet mill for weighing and depulping. After a controlled fermentation period of about 18 hours, the coffee is washed and prepared for sun drying on the raised beds for a couple of weeks to reach optimal moisture level. The dedication and passion of the pickers and entire team in the wet mill and drying process guarantees an exceptional cup quality.
The farm is owned by Henry and Gaby Hueck, and we have the pleasure of meeting them to understand more about the farm and the community surrounding it. With your support, they offer a wide range of employee benefits, from free housing, to clean and easily available drinking water, three prepared meals a day, medical care and free schooling and computers for the children of workers and neighbouring communities.
We are particularly passionate about education and gender equality, which is why we are thrilled to partner with the Huecks, who resonate with us on these aspects. All farms practice non-discrimination, with programs in place to support the female employees. Employees are paid every 15 days and in cash, and the trained group of pickers chosen to pick this particular coffee are given double the minimal wage, rewarding their skill level and their care for the environment.
Together with the Huecks, we want to create an environment that both betters the farm and the people, and in so doing show that coffee farming can be productive in a sustainable way, benefiting the whole community with an improved quality of life.
While we continue to buy ethical and sustainable coffee, with your support for the Nicaragua La Esperanza, we will be focusing the proceeds on key initiatives together with the farm owners.
URGENT: CRISIS RELIEF
We had initially planned to launch this coffee in 2021, but have been informed that a hurricane crisis has demanded urgent call for relief. As we all know, the hurricane that has hit Nicaragua and Central America has caused overwhelming destruction of property, livestock, farms and the unimaginable – loss of lives.
We have recently been informed that in the Peñas Blancas area, an avalanche created by the hurricane measuring a kilometre long and 200 metre wide, is causing great devastation. They have not been able to access the farm because a bridge that allows them to get there was destroyed. They have reached out to us with specific needs for the families, and we are now launching this coffee earlier than expected, so that we can raise awareness for this crisis, and providing assistance in relief work. We will be setting aside a specific fund for this crisis work, on top of our commitment to the initiatives we have in place, and prioritising this until the basic needs for survival have been made.
On behalf of the Huecks and the wider community in Jinotega, we truly thank you for your support.