$18.25 | 12 oz bag
Finca La Victoria sits nestled in the quiet pine forests of Dipilto, Nicaragua—a community widely considered to produce some of the best coffees in the country. Though unseasonal rains and labor shortages made for an extremely challenging year for Nicaraguan producers, the Lovo family persevered to produce this balanced and sweet coffee highlighted by notes of pecan, vanilla, and red apple.
Since the introduction of the Cup of Excellence competition to Nicaragua, coffee from the region of Dipilto has consistently placed among the top in the event. For us, this makes sense. The area boasts some of the highest elevation in the country, traditional arabica varieties dominate the landscape, and shade and biodiversity on farms remains high.
Over the past four years, we've put a considerable amount of time and energy into exploring this area and searching for new partners. After tasting many samples and more than a few trips to the region, we were impressed with the level of dedication and consistency that the owners of Finca La Victoria have shown over the past two harvests.
The farm now known as Finca La Victoria was first planted with coffee in 1872. Over time, most of the coffee produced there made its way into regional blends after being sold to nearby large estates. Mario Martin Lovo and his wife, Nelly, purchased the farm in 2007—not knowing at the time that it had at one point belonged to his great grandmother, Helena. Since then, the Lovos bought smaller nearby parcels, increasing the size of the farm to nearly 60 hectares. Along with growing the size of the farm, the Lovos have made steady improvements and renovations over the years. Most recently, they invested in modernizing their pulping and processing equipment, which has not only helped to add more complexity to the flavor of their coffee, but does so using less water than traditional methods.
Last year's lot from Finca La Victoria made a great fit for Big Trouble because of its approachable, sweet flavors. Though much of the coffee we purchased from Finca La Victoria this harvest can be found in Big Trouble later this year, we're excited to share this special microlot—produced for us—that highlights the commitment to quality and constant improvement that captured our interest in Finca La Victoria in the first place.