La Estrella

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.

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Beneficio La Estrella coffee mill founded in 2013 by Caravela – it is the first on its kind in Nicaragua that revolutionized specialty coffee and the region. Its emblematic name comes from the first coffee samples sent to Caravala’s clients who were also able to identify that potential. It meant for the team that “shining light” needed to keep on pushing to make Nicaragua shine as a coffee-producing nation.

Back in 2013-2014 crop, Caravala set up a team of 5 PECA agronomists who provided producers with on-the-ground advisory services, educating them on best harvesting and post-harvesting practices to produce high-quality coffee. This way, Caravela inaugurated in 2014 a 5,000 m2 facility equipped with one-level shaded raised beds to profile-dry the wet parchment coffee delivered to us by the producers. Initially, they started with 60 coffee producers from Nueva Segovia who trusted our model to improve the quality that Nicaragua already had but needed better growing and processing practices.

Fast forward, the facility has been expanded and upgraded to three-level shaded raised beds of 14,400 m2. Over 63+ staff maintain and oversee directly the drying process at the dry mill. The controlled drying process ensures stability and shelf life for coffee processed there. The coffee mill is fully equipped with two in-house cupping labs and milling machinery to hull all coffee exported which amounted to 8,000 69 kg bags for harvest 2019.

We are proud to be in partnership with Caravela and these Nicaraguan producers, it is a partnership that’s 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.

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