Our farmers work as a collaborate network providing Nor with specialty coffees coming from the surrounding areas of Jinotega, Matagalpa, Esteli, Madriz and Nueva Segovia on the Dipilto-Jalapa mountain range.
We Direct Trade with the local farmers in order to ensure a fair premium for the great quality coffees they consistently provide. We pay at the farm gate directly to the farmer in order to make sure that the main economic benefits are enjoyed by them and their families. We also offer support in organic certification for both farmers and cooperatives.
We provide our farmers access to financing by providing them with contracts for getting loans with local microfinancing institutions or – in special cases – directly by NOR.
We provide our farmers with access to technical assistance in the different aspects of growing and processing in order to help them improve their quality of coffee and the sustainable use of their land, water and forest resources.
We maintain deep partnerships with friendly farmers who share our philosophy in organic fine cocoa in Guatemala, organic specialty coffees from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru and organic olives, olive oil, honey and dried fruits from Peru. We have collaborated with Funenuse, Fundeser, TechnoServe, MEDA and others on these aspects of our business and continue to work to provide more and better opportunities for our farmers.
Our two extensive shade-grown coffee farms are located in Laguna Verde, Jinotega, Nicaragua 14,00m altitude. With an abundance of rainfall, year-round sun and wildlife, we practice sustainable land ownership to preserve the original forests and watersheds on our farms.
Our team has developed gravity pumps, which we use to lift water to where we need it without the use of fuel. These gravity pumps lift the so call “honey-water” up to tanks from which we irrigate the coffee. Our coffee is divided into lots according to varietal and planting year and each lots gets the specific treatment it deserves. Coffee pulp, a byproduct from fermentation, is composted and returned back to the land to use a a natural fertilizer.
On Finca Jesper we grow Caturra, Catuai, and have special cultivated a hand-picked fungus resistant heirloom varietal Pacamara and Maracaturra. These “Mara” varietal were identified years back on the farm, which was nearly obliterated by coffee-rust – however, these beautiful tree proved resistant. We chose to propagate our own genetic garden, which we are sharing with our partner farmers to reintroduce these lost – and highly productive and profitable- varietals to the growers.
On Finca Susanne we have planted Itaitu and Iparainema, which are adapting beautifully to the microclimate and soil types of Jinotega.