This coffee is from the municipality of Jinotega within the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua. Juan de Dios Castillo and his wife Miriam Aruaz began buying the land to form the Paraíso farms in the 1980’s with money earned from their tailor shop, which is still in operation today. Much of the coffee business has been passed on to Juan and Miriam’s five children who formed J&M Family Coffee (“J” for Juan and “M” for Miriam) to export high quality coffee without compromising the environment. J&M Family Coffee operates their own wet and dry mill, which gives them full control of processing the coffee.
About Our Coffee
Certified organic coffee is produced according to sustainable practices, without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or other harmful agrochemicals. In order for a coffee to be certified organic, the farm must undergo evaluation from an independent certifying agency. The U.S. has its own organic standards, requiring a roasting facility to be annually inspected and certified in order to be labeled ’organic.’
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A traditional farming method in which coffee trees are grown alongside other crops under a canopy of taller trees. The mixture of vegetation prevents erosion and protects the coffee from harsh weather. Shade grown farms also provide vital wildlife habitat.