Nicaragua Las Hermanas Soppexcca

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An incredible coffee from a women-run coffee cooperative in Jinotega, Nicaragua. This is a deliciously mild and comforting coffee with flavors of chocolate, fresh fruit, and candied nuts.

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Roast: Medium

Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Raspberry, Candied Nuts

Consumption Guidelines: Three 12 ounce bags are about a one month supply of coffee for households with two to three coffee drinkers.

About This Coffee

Soppexcca was founded in 1997 with the noble goals of connecting coffee producers, to participate democratically and equally, to produce coffee and market it to international buyers. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that cooperatives struggle with financial management and other struggles that often cause individual farmers to lose money and trust in the cooperative system.

Soppexcca works with a concept of active integration and equality in its members, communities and in its own administration. Like many cooperatives, there was a time when Soppexcca struggled with its financial management. Debts piled up, and members lost money and trust in their organization. However, beginning in the early 2000s, Fatima Ismael assumed leadership of the cooperative. An agronomist who became a trusted leader among the farmers, Fatima brought an impressive vision for Soppexcca, including solid business practices, extremely transparent operations, and progressive initiatives to improve gender equality within the cooperative.

Today, 40% of Soppexcca’s members are women. Since 2002, Sustainable Harvest has helped the women of Las Hermanas develop their brand and partner with specialty coffee buyers. More than 220 women from the Soppexcca cooperative produce Las Hermanas coffee. The success of their coffee brand has distinguished the women within the
cooperative and their communities as high-quality coffee producers, as well as strong economic players.

Nicaragua Las Hermanas (The Sisters) comes from more than 220 women who are members of the larger Soppexcca cooperative in Jinotega Nicaragua. We love this coffee for its approachable and comforting profile, and the consistency of this coffee year after year. 

Marcus has known Fatima, the cooperative leader, and the producers of Las Hermanas for nearly 20 years, first meeting them at a cafe in Portland Oregon and hearing about their work with the younger generation, training them not just to farm coffee, but to work as coffee quality inspectors, baristas, and advocates for the environment. He loved this coffee, and has always wanted to serve it to customers; however, this coffee has been unavailable, being purchased in its entirety by large corporate buyers, but now through our relationships in the industry we have Las Hermanas available on our menu and for our customers.

With Fatima’s training as an agronomist, a landscape characterized by the Isabelia Mountain Range and the lush forests, and the cooperatives quality control measures, we bring you a mild and comforting coffee with flavors of chocolate, fresh fruit, with a delicate raspberry acidity, and a lingering sweetness reminiscent of candied nuts.

  • Cooperative: 220 women farmers from the Soppexcca Cooperative
  • Region: Jinotega, Nicaragua
  • Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Catimor
  • Processing: Washed 
  • Altitude: 1,100 - 1,300 meters

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