LAS MARIAS - Nicaragua
Don Teo, as he is known by the coffee community, started growing coffee over 20 years ago. His farm Las Marías takes its name after the many Marías in the family, especially his daughter.
The farm is in a remote yet thriving village in Jalapa, Nueva Segovia. When he started growing coffee in this area there were no roads, so he knew it would be a challenge. As a young and not-so-experienced farmer, he did not have transportation or resources, so he walked more than 2 hours to get from his house to the farm every day.
All these years, Don Teo has focused on producing consistent coffees, integrating both hybrid and traditional varieties to achieve a balance between productivity and quality. Some of the varieties at the farm are Caturra, Catuai, Marsellesa, Parainema, Catimor, and this harvest he planted Maragogype. Don Teo shares that “finding his own recipe" has allowed him to stay afloat and achieve remarkable quality all these years.
The final cup captures Don Teo's strive for finding his own recipe as it is unlike any Nicaraguan coffee we have had in the past. Unmistakeable notes of raspberry ripple ice cream and graciously followed by the sweet tang of dried redcurrant and caramel.