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Finca Las Hortensias – Los Taragones

In the northern reaches of the country is the region of Nueva Segovia, bordering Honduras with high mountains ideal for coffee production. It is here, in the community of Buenos Aires in the Dipilto municipality where Finca Las Hortensias is situated. Ana María Albir inherited the farm from her father, who had been growing coffee for nearly 50 years. Currently, there is a manager and agronomist who assist with the farm maintenance. The farm is named after a beautiful flower that thrives in these mountains of Nicaragua.

  • Farm Finca Las Hortensias
  • Varietal Catimor
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,300 metres above sea level
  • Town / City Buenos Aires, Dipilto
  • Region Nueva Segovia
  • Owner Ana María Albir
  • Tasting Notes Apricot, Caramel, Raspberry
  • Farm Size 4.2 hectares
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Finca Las Hortensias – Los Taragones

During the harvest, the cherries are carefully handpicked on the steep slopes and delivered to a processing area located on the farm. This lot underwent the Washed method, which begins with the cherries being sorted for quality and submerging them in a tank of water to remove the floating cherries. The coffee is pulped at the farm with a four-nozzle pulping machine to remove the external fruit. The freshly pulped coffee is then left in piles to ferment for 24 hours. The coffee is next transferred to channels and washed with clean water to remove any remaining mucilage. The water used for processing is moved to an oxidation lagoon to purify.

The washed coffee is then delivered to the Cafetos de Segovia mill, located 31 kilometers away, where they will be dispersed on raised beds to dry in the open sun for 12 days. The moisture content is carefully monitored to ensure the coffee evenly dries. Once complete, the coffee is hulled and prepared for export.

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.