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Finca La Verona

Maria Felicitas Mairena and her family have been growing coffee on Finca La Verona since the 1920s deep within the El Arenal Natural Reserve situated in Matagalpa. However, in 1983, the farm was expropriated by the Sandinista Regime until President Violeta Chamorro returned the land back to her family in 1996. The farm was not cared for during this time and required significant work to rebuild it to its previous glory. The name Verona refers to the farm’s success with exporting coffee throughout the 1950s to the Italian city of Verona, one of the only estates in Nicaragua to do so.

  • Farm Finca La Verona
  • Varietal Colombia
  • Process Natural
  • Altitude 1,150 metres above sea level
  • Town / City Natural Reserve El Arenal, Cordillera Isabelia
  • Region Matagalpa
  • Owner Maria Felicitas Mairena
  • Tasting Notes Boozy, fruity, plum
  • Farm Size 94 hectares
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Finca La Verona

Nearly 35% of the farm’s lands are protected as natural forests within the Reserve characterized by foggy mountains and water springs providing water to the local community of Escaleras in North Yasica. The lush forests are also home to a plethora of other fauna including black panthers, jaguars, deer, boars, coatis, guatuzas, and birds such as the three-wattled bellbird and quetzal.

Maria, growing up immersed in coffee, is also the owner of the neighboring farm, San Antonio, and through her hard work and dedication, she was able to make it to the semi-finals of the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence in 2022. There is also a small school on San Antonio that is available to workers’ children whilst also offering recreational activities and adult education.

About Nicaragua

Introduced into the country in the mid-1800s and forming a central position in the country’s economy for more than a century, coffee is currently Nicaragua’s primary export. Its production generates over $448 million dollars a year in exports, representing 8.2% of overall exports, and provides more than 200,000 jobs to locals.