Diego: Farmer, Nicaragua


Diego Chavarria’s coffee comes to us from a farm just outside the central Nicaraguan city of Matagalpa, known as “The Land of Eternal Spring.” Of the over 800 acres owned by Diego and his family, only around 300 are used to produce coffee. The rest of the land houses a dairy farm, accommodates the cultivation of various fruits, and in many areas, remains completely untouched. In fact, because state-sponsored conservation efforts in Nicaragua are few and far between, Diego and his family make it a point to engage in environmental preservation on their land; no hunting is allowed in order to preserve habitat and encourage the redevelopment of native wildlife.

Diego himself has been a coffee farmer for 18 years; originally from Matagalpa, he was forced to flee the county and seek asylum in Canada during the Nicaraguan civil war in the 1980s. He returned to Nicaragua after the war in order to manage his family’s farm, and has been producing stellar coffee ever since. We’re thrilled to be able to share Diego’s coffee again this year (made possible once more through Diego’s direct trade relationship with South Bend’s own Theta Ridge Coffee, one of the awesome importers we get to work with). With notes of caramel, citrus, and full bodied sweetness, Café Diego makes for a truly delicious cup.

Location/Farm Name: Matagalpa, Finca El Dorado
Farm Size: 140 manzanas (800 acres)
Elevation: 700-850 masl
Varietals: Catimor, Sarchimor, Catrenic
Drying: Mechanical, Solar
Dry Mill: Beneficio Las Tejas

Shaun and Gopi were fortunate enough to be able to visit both Diego’s farm and the dry mill at which his coffee is processed while in Central America this year. Check out the video below to see some of the highlights from their trip!