On their farm named "The Gifts" Ronald and his wife, Noelia, produce yellow and red catuai in Las Nubes, a community straddling the boundary between the Nicaraguan departments (states) of Jinotega and Matagalapa. The area is called Las Nubes ("the clouds") because it is actually located in a cloud forest. Low-lying clouds keep Ronald and Noelia's coffee cool, slowing the maturation process and allowing the beans to absorb more sugars.
Ronald and Noelia have eleven children: Efren Jonatan, Lesther David, Rolan Jose, Evert Joel, Mario Francisco, Jesús Manuel, Jorbin Antonio, Noelia Guadalupe, Leonel Vladimir, Oiman Antonio, and Eyner Omar. They also have a cow, pigs, rabbits, and raise chicks for meat to sell to the community. Ronald and Noelia work extremely hard to support their farm and family, rising well before dawn and laying down to rest long after the sun has set.
Given the amount of care that they put into their coffee, it is no surprise that their microlot is of outstanding quality. You can observe this in the coffee plants' healthy deep green leaves fed by nitrogen-rich soil. Since partnering with Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, Ronald and Noelia are using the benefits of higher prices to improve their coffee production and processing equipment, home, and the overall standard of living for their family. One of the photos shared here shows the solar panels they have been able to purchase to improve their standard of living by bringing electricity to their house for the first time.
We pay a premium to Ronald and Noelia for this coffee for two reasons:
- The quality of the coffee warrants a good price.
- They are going to great lengths to provide for their large family -- hence the moniker "Fighting Poverty Microlot" given to their coffee by Gold Mountain Coffee Growers.
Flavor Notes: Plum, Milk Chocolate, Balanced