Lime juice, mandarin acidity and muscovado sugar with a caramel tart finish.
Beneficio La Estrella is a coffee mill in Ocotal, founded in 2013 by our friends at Caravela Coffee. This coffee is named after the mill as 126 different producers located throughout the highlands of Nueva Segovia and surrounding municipalities all deliver their coffee here. This collection model was introduced by Caravela in an attempt to maximize producer opportunities, market access, and profitability and has see success; quality premiums are paid directly to the farmers on a fixed price basis. Expect lime juice, mandarin acidity and muscovado sugar with a caramel tart finish.
Founding of Beneficio La Estrella
Beneficio La Estrella coffee mill was founded in 2013 by Caravela and is the first on its kind in Nicaragua – revolutionising specialty coffee and the region. Meaning “Star”, it’s emblematic name comes from some of the first coffee samples tasted; from these, the potential could already be identified.
For the 2013-2014 crop, Caravela set up a team of 5 PECA agronomists to provide producers with on-the-ground advisory services, educating them on best harvesting and post-harvesting practices to produce high-quality coffee. This lead early 2014, where Caravela opened a 5,000 m2 facility equipped with one-level shaded raised beds to profile-dry the wet parchment coffee delivered to the mill by the producers. Initially, they started with just 60 coffee producers from Nueva Segovia who trusted their model to improve the quality that Nicaragua already had but needed better growing and processing practices.
La Estrella now
Since it’s opening in 2014, Beneficio La Estrella has expanded and upgraded! They now boast 14,400 m2 of three-level shaded raised beds for drying the coffee. Over 63 staff maintain and oversee directly the drying process at mill. This controlled drying process ensures stability and shelf life for coffee processed there. The coffee mill is also fully equipped with two in-house cupping labs and milling machinery to hull all coffee exported, amounting to 8,000x 69 kg bags for the 2019 harvest.
We are very proud to have this coffee in. Caravela’s partnership with these Nicaraguan producers has been established for more than 6 years, and producers have risen to the challenges and have been open and willing to make changes despite the adversities that the country and the coffee industry have experienced in recent years.
For the past 20 years, Caravela have been sourcing and championing great coffee from Latin America’s best small-holder farmers, pursuing quality and transparency at every level. They are one of only a few B-Corporation certified importers!