Ivania Calderón’s farm is located in Wiwili de Jinotega. Ivania is part of the coop La Providencia. Her beautiful and remote farm, named Finca Alborada, is approximately 30 manzanas (51 acres) and located on Kilambé Mountain, which provides the perfect weather to grow high-quality coffee. El Alboroto means “the fuss.” The origin of the name is unknown, but as the story goes, it was given to the farm because of all of the commotion from a variety of farm animals and the family gatherings. When locals are asked of the whereabouts of her farm, people respond, “Just follow the noise, ‘the fuss’ is that way!”
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Ramona is both an excellent coffee farmer and the gender representative at her coop, which is part of PRODECOOP, a large coffee cooperative located in Esteli, Nicaragua. She has a 2.5 manzana (4.25 acre) coffee farm, Finca El Oasis, that she runs with her husband and 4 children. Ramona comes from a family who has worked and loved coffee for generations, and she is passing that love and experience to her husband, who had never worked in coffee before they met.
Ramona’s pride and joy is in the hard work that she has invested into her farm, and the quality of her coffee absolutely reflects that hard work. A significant portion of Ramona’s motivation comes from her family. As a third generation coffee farmer, she obviously sees coffee in her family’s future, and she also believes that the farm is “key to [her] children’s education.”
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Finca Los Pinos (1400 meters) is an organic coffee farm located in the Arenal Nature Reserve in Matagalpa. The farm has been in the Corrales family for three generations. Byron Corrales (pictured on the left), who is currently at the helm, is known internationally for his Maracaturra coffee.
Byron has been an advocate and ambassador for sustainable agricultural practices throughout Central and South America since the 1980s. His approach is based upon leveraging nature’s energy and he often talks (at length) about the how nature’s energy can nourish our bodies and how we must make the conscious decision to embrace what nature has given us and to live responsibly.
Byron regularly welcomes delegations of interested coffee stakeholders from near and far (growers, customers, etc.) and believes that knowledge should be free and shared widely. Only when the masses begin to think and act differently in their relationships with nature will there be a return to a more peaceful co-existence with the Earth.
Respect for nature is found in every bean grown by Finca Los Pinos!
More recently, Grounds for Empowerment has been working alongside Sara Corrales (pictured in the center) to help us develop our coffee programs. Sara regularly travels with Ivania and Ramona as a translator and consultant and also aids in facilitating our communications in Nicaragua. She is an integral part of contract negotiations and exporting logistics with her family's coffees.
Finca Los Pinos Coffee (Natural Process) - Chocolatey and sweet notes introduce a well-balanced cup with a clean, long lasting finish (86+)
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