Do you know what’s common between night owls and the early birds? It is indeed a cup of coffee or maybe Nicaragua coffee!
The warm cup of a wakeup call, discovered by a monk in the 800 A.D, upon seeing the effect of the caffeine on a herd of goats that “accidentally” ate the fruit of coffee plant, is now considered one of the most coveted beans in the world and is sold at $600 a pound!
The robust and healthy beverage which keeps our adrenaline flowing throughout the day is also an enriched source for antioxidants and vitamins (like B2, B5, B3). So, various studies have shown that coffee reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, along with liver diseases and inflammation.
The four types of coffee beans harvested commercially are Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa. So, in Nicaragua, the Arabica beans are grown in the cold climate of the northern and central areas of the mountain region. The volcanic soil tends to the 100 thousand hectares of the plantation, which gives the Arabica beans its acidity, the stratified, and full-body flavor profile.
Nicaragua Coffee And Its Origin
Coffee is one of the most harvested plantations of Nicaragua today, had quite a ‘rocky’ start, literally! Its economic fall plagued the second phase of the nineteenth century, ‘The Great Depression’ which halted the cultivation of many crops. However, the government encouraged the people to invest in coffee farming by offering a reward of five cents for each shrub.
In 1992, this cash crop cultivation gained momentum, and Nicaragua coffee started importing worldwide. The fruity, heavy-bodied feel, which is unique of the Arabica coffee, is remarkably present in Nicaragua coffee. Hence, the economic, environmental, and agricultural sectors of Nicaragua got a boost with the Coffee plantations.
Curse Upon Nicaragua Coffee
The development was, however, stunted by the Insurrection, authoritarian regimes, The Cold War, and The Civil War. Furthermore, a few natural calamities like earthquakes and Hurricane of 1998 devastated the plantations, the roadways, and the primary source of livelihood of the planters. Before they could recover from this blow, the Coffee Crisis of 1999-2003 struck the Nicaraguan coffee planters. The aftermath of this crisis was equally terrible, with a really-low harvest and, thus, financial loss. The farmers were out of funds and in debt. This period of drought came to an end with land reform of the Trade Unions, and the planters regained their plantations. So, their efforts paid off, and the largest organization of coffee, The Nicaraguan Coffee Small Producers Cooperatives Association, was established.
The Nicaragua Organic Coffee
The trend of organic farming was a boon to the Nicaragua coffee planters. The agro-eco-tourism, vocational training and infrastructural development characterize this trend. Although, in Nicaragua, its coffee is now the primary cash crop. It accounts for $200 million in revenue annually for the Nicaraguan economy.
Extra Credits Of Nicaraguan Coffee
The Nicaraguan coffee is grown in the shade, to keep the ecological diversity intact. However, it lends the coffee higher natural sugar content than the rest. The use of organic fertilizers and avocado and orange trees as shade maintain the equilibrium along with the quality.
One of the best ways to have coffee is the latte-way or ‘chino. The foam and creamy texture that we get from a store-bought cup is quite a crowd favorite, and now you can have the exact store-effect at your home. Hence, this electrically charged foam maker comes with a double whisk to give you the foam of your dream! The chargeable port and the smart button are perfect for kitchen-noobs like me!
Coffee with all its goodness has some adverse effects on health too. Too much consumption can be harmful to the blood pressure and can alter sleep patterns. So, if you have insomnia or digestive issues, tea would be more beneficial for you.