Folkcity Coffee makes their Noteworthy debut today with a selection from Sabino and Maria Jesus, a husband and wife team that grows coffee and vegetables at the highest altitudes in the Jinotega region of Nicaragua. Their farm is La Fuente.

 La Fuente is a second generation farm where modern coffee production meets old-world charm. If you were to visit, you might see Sabino still using two oxen to pull a cart or plow a field before planting. He continues the tradition of his late father, Don Jose, whose farm boasts excellent altitude and climatological conditions for coffee production.

The attention Sabino and Maria pay to the details on their farm bodes well for their ability to consistently produce high-quality microlots. They hope to plant more coffee and implement new, more efficient techniques — which, they say, will allow them to hire more workers and make renovations on the farm.


region: Jinotega, Nicaragua
farm: La Fuente
producer: Sabino and Maria Jesus
association:  N/A
elevation: 1450 – 1600 meters above sea level
cultivars: Red Catuai, Caturra, Pacamara
process: fully washed, raised bed dried


The coffee’s aroma is mild and nuanced. It’s fruit-forward with honeyed sweetness; a pleasant aroma for a Latin American breakfast coffee.

The flavor follows the nose. This is a medium-bodied coffee with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Again, here in the cup, the coffee is fruit-forward with notes of Bosc pear, craisins, and Fuji apple, pushed forward by mild honeysuckle florals and brown sugar sweetness. As the cup cools, more of its clean apple acidity comes forward, lifting to reveal earth and clove through the finish.


Folkcity Coffee’s Nicaragua La Fuente is a wonderful example of a classic Nicaraguan coffee. It hits a lot of the same flavor notes as its Central American neighbors – apple, pear, honey – but is mild.

This makes it a perfect Sunday morning breakfast coffee to pair with the sweet, soft folk tunes of Joan Baez or Nico.

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