Nicaragua SHG San Juan del Rio Coco

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SMBC Bird Friendly

Medium to full body, soft, rich potting soil character.

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From Nicaragua to Your Cup

Our Nicaragua SHG San Juan del Rio Coco is a Shade-Grown Organic, Fairtrade Certified, full bodied coffee with a rich mouthfeel and an earthy aroma. It has a dark density that pairs particularly well with chocolate or rich foods. It is certified Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC).


In 1978, a group of farmers came together to combine their resources and efforts to sell coffee, gain finances and share infrastructural and training costs. Later in 1992, Luisa Gonzalez was living in Esteli Nicaragua working in financial services for a local bank. One day she met a coffee farmer from the small town of San Juan del Rio Coco. He told Luisa that the farmers in his community needed someone to help run their group: everything from technical assistance to product commercialization, member management and coordinating member services. Luisa soon became the first employee of CORCASAN, a cooperative that was officially organized in 1994. Luisa and the farmers realized that the best way to grow their business and access better prices was to seek international buyers. Third party certification was a key piece to this puzzle.

For small farmers, financing is one of the most difficult barriers entering larger, more lucrative markets. Some groups are able to start small with government financing, in the hopes of scaling their business, increasing sales and eventually securing private financing in order to sell internationally.

This was CORCASAN’s strategy for years, yet unfortunately the group was not able to access financing; that is until they achieved Fair Trade Certification in 2005. Fair Trade quickly helped CORCASAN gain international reputability as a seller. They started to win external financing deals to finance pre-harvest costs and they began to export internationally and independently – a huge step for a small cooperative of 160 farmers. This far flung community in the hills of San Juan del Rio Coco was now selling directly to multi-million dollar import agencies in the United States and Europe. Some of the benefits CORCASAN began to see included increased access to badly needed financing, international buyers, community development projects, funds to provide scholarships for members and their children, training programs to improve the quality of their coffee and more opportunities for women. Today, women make up over half of CORSACAN’s staff.


Educational investment:

The cooperative has set aside a higher education fund to assist member and their children attend training and classes to improve their products. The fund covers transportation and additional materials.

Growing a Healthy Community:

CORCASAN has been providing trainings and seminars in how woman affiliates to the cooperative can prevent cervical cancer. They also provide transportation for medical care.

Institutional Strengthening:

This past year CORCASAN has decided to invest on their farms and giving back to their members in order for them to further harvest higher quality coffee more efficiently.


Name: CORCASAN – Cooperativa Regional de Cafetaleros de San Juan de Río Coco

Established: 1994

Fairtrade Certified: Since 2005

Members: 250 members, 160 farmers


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3 reviews for Nicaragua SHG San Juan del Rio Coco

  1. ginabwicker (verified owner)

    My go-to brew! I visited Kaladi on a trip to Denver several years ago, and I still have it delivered to my home 5 lbs at a time as my house brew. Loamy aroma that pairs well with chocolate. What else do you need to know?

  2. mike-8441 (verified owner)

    San Juan del Rio Coco is my daily go to. Pour over tastes amazing. Kaladi’s air roast process really brings out the fullest flavor from this bean. I’ve had this same coffee elsewhere and nobody does it like Kaladi!

  3. Mark Froid (verified owner)

    Absolutely the finest coffee I’ve ever tasted. Superb flavor, no bitterness. It tastes as good as it smells. Nothing better.

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