Santa Teresa

Nicaragua
Dipilto, Nueva Segovia
Key Lime, Honeydew, Dark Chocolate, Almond
12oz Whole Beans
$17.00
Current stock: 0
Description

Description

Luis Joaquín Lovo, Producer
Caturra and Yellow Catuaí grown at 1250-1480 masl.

Luis Joaquín Lovo and his family have been a positive and dynamic part of the push toward top quality single-estate lots in Nicaragua. Alongside his brother David and father Joaquín Augusto, he manages his own farm, Santa Teresa, while helping to market coffee from their other two farms, Bella Aurora and La Pradera. The Lovos own a dry mill (called La Estrella), which affords Luis Joaquín an unusual degree of control over the finished product. He works with a larger mill, Beneficio Las Segovias in Ocotal, solely for exporting. Each year he produces around 100 bags of specialty coffee, or approximately 15000 lbs.

Travel Notes:
One of my earliest memories as a coffee buyer is cupping with Luis Joaquín Lovo in 2013. It was the first time I had ever cupped with one of our producing partners, and I was so excited that he was there to taste his coffee and to calibrate with me. That season was particularly hard in Central America, as much of the regional crop had been decimated due to leaf rust fungus. Thanks to Luis Joaquín's diligent care, the three farms he manages had been spared, and the coffees were performing well. After the cupping, he took me to see the amazing antique mill that is still used every season to dry process his family's coffee. The mill, called La Estrella, is in his father's house right off the main square of the tiny town of Ocotal.

After the mill tour, we went up to visit Santa Teresa where we shared a french press and some grapes from the farm. Over the years, we've talked about the ways that climate change and insect damage continue to challenge cup quality and exportable volume. The Lovos are committed to understanding these problems to the best of their ability, and work hard to collect relevant data every year. Francisco, the farm manager from Santa Teresa, has been physically counting and collecting brocas (berry borer bugs) that were captured in soda bottle traps around the farm since 2005. They have a chart tracking this information, and the number is increasing every year. Climate is less predictable, and the fact that they are capturing more brocas every year is a testament to their vigilance with pest control. Annual rainfall is tracked on a chart, and selective pruning is done immediately after each harvest in order to capitalize on the heat of spring and the energy of the active plant.

Luis Joaquín and his bother David Ariel grew up riding horses to the family farms with their dad, Joaquín Augusto who is currently 96. In addition to coffee, they maintain a family ranch with cattle, horses, coconuts, avocados, grapes, and a few other types of produce. Whenever you visit the ranch, a demonstration of horse dancing and some friendly sibling rivalry on horseback awaits you. After a long day of visiting and hiking the Lovo farms, you can cool off with the ranch signature beverage -- ice cold white rum mixed with fresh coconut water. As you start filling your plate with home-cooked rice and beans, tortillas, and chicken, you'll recount the day, the family's history, and a bit of your own history. If the timing is right, you might even get to assemble a bunch of chairs on the patio around a tiny TV and adjust the rabbit-ear antenna to see Nicaraguan boxing sensation Román González in a title bout!

-Cheryl (November 2017)

  12oz of whole beans. Our premium coffee beans are roasted daily at our Greenpoint, Brooklyn roastery. We ship only whole bean coffee and do not grind the beans prior to shipping.  Coffee is packaged in sealed valve bags.  We roast to order!
Additional Info

Additional Info

Origin:
Dipilto, Nueva Segovia
Notes:
Key Lime, Honeydew, Dark Chocolate, Almond
Size:
12oz Whole Beans