Nicaragua El Suyatal: Growing coffee and education on one farm

by Michelle Flandreau | August 31, 2016
HOME Farm to Cup Nicaragua El Suyatal: Growing coffee and education on one farm

Family is at the heart of the El Suyatal farm in Nicaragua. For the past two decades, the Valladarez family has been growing coffee at this renowned farm.

“For the whole family, producing coffee is a work which pass[es] from a generation to another generation,” Olman Valladarez said.

Luis Emilio Valladarez (center) with his two sons. 
Luis Emilio Valladarez (center) with his two sons.

Olman, his brother and his father, Luis Emilio, own the El Suyatal farm, located high in the mountains of Dipilto. Luis Emilio first began growing coffee in 1955, when he inherited land from his grandmother. El Suyatal is now one of eight coffee farms they own in the Nueva Segovia region.

Over the years, they’ve produced some of the finest coffees from the area. Their coffees have placed many times in the prestigious Cup of Excellence competition designed to identify the highest quality coffees.

Their commitment to family goes beyond their own. During the peak season, coffee pickers come to their farm to help out with the harvest. Many of them bring their own families. The Valladarez family saw how important it was for the pickers to have their children close by. They came up with the idea to build a kindergarten right on the farm.

When we purchased Starbucks Reserve® Nicaragua El Suyatal from the Valladarez family, we teamed up with them to make their idea a reality. It’s part of our commitment to invest in the coffee communities that bring us these rare, small-lot coffees.

“For the labor families, it is very important…[it] will allow them to leave their children in a safe and educative place when they will work,” Olman said.

The construction of the kindergarten started back in January and is on track to be completely finished by the end of August 2016. Nearly 50 students will benefit from the kindergarten, giving them access to education they might not otherwise have. The Valladarez family will provide lunch for the children each day. The kindergarten has an after-school program, as well.

We’re proud to play a role as the Valladarez family helps create opportunities for the next generation of coffee families.

Starbucks Reserve® Nicaragua El Suyatal
Notes of toasted nut and caramel with a malty sweetness

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