Matagalpa

Nicaragua

Like neighbouring Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Central America’s largest and least populated country, is a coffee growing Garden of Eden. This land of lakes and volcanoes, as it is known, is crossed by a range of mountains thrown up by volcanoes. Of the twenty or so lake-forming craters, Lake Nicaragua is Central America’s largest and the most impressive. Natural ecosystem heterogeneity makes for biodiversity like probably nowhere else all over the planet.

The prevalently mountainous northern regions of the country have been homeland to Arabica coffee of worldwide acclaim ever since the late nineteenth century.

The town of Matagalpa and its environs are located in the so-called “tierra templada” belt, a climatically temperate region, as opposed to the scorchingly hot “tierra caliente” of the plains. Coffee plants thrive in the mild climate and prime-quality soil of the “tierra templada”. Sustainability and environment-friendliness are the hallmarks of coffee growing in this region, where the plants often grow in the shady protection of larger trees. 

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brothers Castillo

Nicaragua

monoarabica Castillo
Name:
brothers Castillo
Territory:
Matagalpa
illy since:
2009

Brothers Juan Francisco, Jaime and Victor Hugo Castillo are gently swaying back and forth on their rocking chairs, sipping chorreado coffee, exchanging sweet childhood memories. Eighty-three years ago is when it all began thanks to Grandfather Juan Francisco’s passion for coffee. Young as they were back then, they still remember Grandfather and his coffee-laden donkey taking off to deliver the goods to Matagalpa, 27 kilometres away.

El Diamante has come a long and glorious way since then. The plantation is renowned for producing the best coffee in the region. The brothers put their success down largely to their deceased Father’s legacy: up-front environment-friendliness. The three rivers running through their 197-hectare plantation provide fifty percent of its power requirements. The three brothers plant trees and scrupulously manage the plantation’s water reserves. Jaime claims that thanks to Father’s love and care for the land, they’ve managed to minimise the climate-change fallout that has so adversely affected yield on other plantations. Located in North Nicaragua, third-generation-run El Diamante is surrounded by centuries-old trees and a captivating mountain scenery.

Strong emotions well up of their father. At long last, after years of hard work, from the day he retired to his last breath, he was able to enjoy the splendid fruits of his labour. “Peace” and “harmony” were recurrent words on his lips whenever he stopped to contemplate his magnificent accomplishment.