Where: Hacienda Magdalena, on the slants of Volcán Maderas, Nicaragua

What’s it about: Ensuring Nicaraguans get a reasonable price for their coffee creation by purchasing reasonable Fair trade or better yet, volunteering to labor away at a coffee farm

Top treat: Rich scent reminiscent of beans broiling over a fire and appreciated following a long arduous day in the fields.

Coffee forever

Regardless of whether we taste it blurry eyed or looked at it before anything else in a bistro, the greater part of us require our daily cup of coffee. In Nicaragua be that as it may, coffee isn’t only a piece of numerous individuals’ ways of life – it is their life. A huge number of individuals develop and pick coffee, as it is a primary piece of Nicaragua’s export business.

Yet, similarly as our association with coffee is tormented by the perils of caffeine over-use and enslavement, Nicaraguans have discovered that reliance on the bean has conveyed significantly more ruinous issues to the groups developing it. In the mid-nineties, Nicaragua grasped another monetary model of fare drove development. It expanded its generation of coffee and extended its reliance on it, similarly as other producing nations did likewise. The outcome was an overabundance of coffee available and a very nearly half drop in its real cost since 1998. This has prompted the closure of numerous Nicaraguan estates, stranding in excess of 250,000 Nicaraguans desperate, and numerous living in roadside camps.

Fair Trade

The circumstance is edgy yet there is a development that offers an answer: Fair Trade. This implies shippers pay a nice cost for coffee to makers (regularly co-agents) and furthermore giving them specialized help to enable them to make the change to organic cultivating. Doing as such wins them a ‘Fair Trade Stamp’ on their coffee merchandise.

One co-agent associated with this plan is the Cooperativa Carlos Diaz Cajina, located on the volcanic island of Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua. It is a group of 30 families and has been running since 1979 when the Sandinista upheaval enabled them to take control of the land they had labored on for the present non-attendant landowners. The community is bolstered by two partner associations in the United States and Canada which buy the coffee harvest and roast, bag and distribute it. All the income goes back to Ometepe to subsidize island group ventures. As of now, the system has paid for the development of the island’s first clean drinking water framework, profiting a great many island occupants.

Participating in the coffee bean harvest

The Hacienda Magdalena, on the slants of Volcán Maderas, is possessed by the co-operative. The coffee grown by the ranch is certified organic and is grown in the shade, safeguarding the gorgeous surrounding forest habitat. The superbly tumbledown Hacienda is a base-camp for sightseers wishing to climb the volcano and gives cheap lodging in a hotel (around $5 US), dinners (about $2 US) and guides to employ. Or on the other hand, you can volunteer to tend to the fields and pick coffee and get directly involved in exactly how your coffee break is intended – with your hotel stay and dinners for nothing!

You can assist with most parts of the coffee production operation. After a fresh start in the morning, you’ll be taken up the inclines to coffee trees, given a wide wicker bushel and taught how to pick the berries; the groups of berries along the branches are effectively knocked off by running a clenched hand along with them. The musical reiteration of the work implies your brain can meander in energy about your extraordinary office space. The encompassing woodland reverberates to the calls of howler monkeys and twittering winged creatures and flashes an immaculate green.

Once gathered, the berries are tipped into a separator machine that expels the red organic product from the bean. The beans are washed and sprinkled crosswise over gigantic porches bordering the ranch to dry out and shed an external husk. Utilizing a cultivator, parallel lines are drawn through the beans every 30 minutes – an activity that turns the beans and gives them all available sunlight. Following quite a while of drying the beans are prepared to be de-husked of a moment later, this time by another machine, and afterward, they’re all prepared to be roasted.

There’s not a day that passes by at the Hacienda without the rich, consoling smell of coffee beans simmering over a wood-fire stove. You can ensure that you’ll be offered a cup after a hard day of work. Take it out to the overhang and taste it on a swing overlooking the serene lake vista below.


To get to Ometepe take a ship from San Jorge to Moyagalpa, on the northwest of the island, or Granada to Altagracia on the upper east. From both of these spots take a transport to Balgueand request to be dropped at Hacienda Magdalena. It’s a 15-minute climb up the earth track to the homestead.