EL PETEN COFFEE AVAILABLE 10/11/12

We are pleased to announce that this year’s harvest is now available from Flamenco Organic coffee Co.

It is offered as a single origin SHG as that is extremely important to us. All purchases will help fund all the social projects currently funded by Finca Java including http://www.proyectonica-agua.org/index.html and http://www.comunidadconnect.org/

Our good friends at Taylormade Farms will also be offering this years harvest in Northern California very soon.

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Reforestation at Finca El Peten

One of the many benefits of cultivating organic coffee is the symbiotic relationship a healthy harvest has with the trees that shade the plantation. At Finca Java, we feel blessed with the opportunity to incorporate reforestation into our master plan for Finca El Peten. We have been planting indigenous hardwoods for the last four years, with 9,000 going into the ground this past month alone. Cedro Pochote, Nogal, Guanacaste, Ceiba, Caoba, Acacia, and Cedro Real are among the varieties that have recently been planted throughout the 250 acres of Finca El Peten. The largest trees on the property are the glorious Elequeme trees, which are found providing the highest canopy of shade in every one of our coffee plantations. All of our trees provide not only shade, but also micro-environments for birds, squirrels, and other animals, insects, and flora to thrive and repopulate the area. These communities of wildlife live within our coffee and all contribute in different ways to the quality of our beans, and thus, our triple bottom line. There is even talk of monkey sightings in Los Robles…now wouldn’t that be something! Maybe this whole idea of conserving and expanding the green corridors of our communities isn’t such a bad idea after all.

…And although our vegetable garden is not exactly reforestation, it is going off these days with three kinds of lettuce, beets, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, jalepeno peppers, broccoli, oranges, passion fruit, mandarins, limes, malanga, yucca, and celery ripe for the pickin’.

…And although the herb garden isn’t exactly our vegetable garden, it definitely deserves a highlight, with mint, two kinds of basil, 3 kinds of chili peppers, rosemary, mint, two kinds of oregano, cilantro, lemon grass, and mint – yes, there’s a lot of mint!

Left to Right: 7 acres of reforestation completed on the pasture surrounding our coffee mill, overlook of vegetable garden (notice the yellow placards to keep birds from eating the tomatoes), and a look at our herb garden with Lake Apanas in the background.

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Finca Java’s Commitment to Community

Finca Java was created 4 years ago as an endeavor to preserve and improve the environment through organic coffee cultivation and reforestation, support the local economy through job creation, and nurture a higher quality of life for those less fortunate in our community of Los Robles. By committing ourselves to practice organic permaculture at Finca El Peten, we open our arms to Mother Nature as stewards of the land. By providing full time, long term employment opportunities to men and women from Los Robles, we affect the economic stability of many families every day.  Yet we also understand that we have neighbors that still live on the margin: the elderly, the sick, the poorest of the poor. For those people, we have reached out in a variety of ways over the years.
Finca Java partners with the NGO Comunidad Connect, local leaders

Roof Installation July 2011

Roof Installation July 2011

of Los Robles, the Ministry of Education, the municipal government of Jinotega, and countless volunteers to improve the quality of life for residents of Los Robles. This is done through two ongoing programs and periodic outreach with volunteer groups visiting from the states. The two ongoing programs are called Proyecto Techo (“Project Roof”) and NicaAgua. Proyecto Techo provides roofs to families who are living under plastic tarps. For many of our neighbors, the roofs we donate represent the first time in their lives to have a permanent shelter for their families. Each family shares the sweat equity with our volunteers while the roofs are being constructed and installed. 6 roofs, benefiting over 40 people ages 1 to 85, have been built over the last 12 months.
NicaAgua is another ongoing project whose prime focus is appropriate water treatment for families in Los Robles. The vast majority have access to well water, but every test we’ve done so far has come back as contaminated. Therefore, we focus on providing an orientation of appropriate water treatment options and the delivery of a 5 gallon water filter for every house in Los Robles. Each household must contribute 16 hours of community service to become eligible for their water filter, as well as attend a workshop on hygiene facilitated by the local health clinic. Community service projects thus far include road repairs, school gardens, reforestation, and a few carpenters have even worked on Proyecto Techo to fulfill their quota. To date, just over 100 filters have been delivered (including 10 the elementary school), benefiting approximately 900 individuals. If you’d like more information regarding our community projects, please contact us today.

One of the first beneficiaries of the NicaAgua Project

One of the first beneficiaries of the NicaAgua Project

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July 2011 – Planting season begins!

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So much has happened since our last post, from the cultivation of our coffee trees to the exciting work we are doing in the community of Los Robles. In future posts, we will be sharing more detailed news of our efforts through images, videos, and updates. Currently, there are 50,000 coffee plants from our nursery being planted under the shade of over 10,000 banana trees that were planted earlier this year. In addition to the low canopy of banana and plantains, there are also 4,000 guava negro trees (intermediate shade) and 500 Elqueme trees (enormous shade trees) already in the ground. With the shade established, the coffee plants are ready to go into the earth, which has been enriched with organic compost. Ernesto and his team of local workers have raised these coffee trees from seed over the last 4 months and will now gently place them in the ground where they will benefit from the rainy season ending in October. By that time we will be harvesting this year’s crop, coming from our established coffee plantations, and thus the cycle continues. Since inception, we have planted approximately 200,000 coffee trees at Finca El Peten, constantly building up our stock with certified organic single estate shade grown coffee. If you’d like to learn more about any particular component of our please let us know! Hasta Pronto!

5 month old coffee trees ready for planting

5 month old coffee trees ready for planting

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Christmas 2009 at Finca El Peten – 12/09

The holiday season was welcomed with high spirits this year on the farm. All employees were invited for Christmas dinner on the farm. Afterwards, a Christmas basket filled with essentials such as rice, beans, soap, etc., was raffled off for the temporary employees.
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Each permanent employee received their own Christmas basket, however those last in line had to perform a dance with Scarleth in order to receive the basket.
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It was a lot of fun and a ton of laughs. An additional basket was donated to the local church.

Jason Z. Puracal

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Finca El Peten at SCAA conference 2009 in Atlanta – 04/09

John Thompson recently returned from Atlanta and the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual conference at the GA World Congress Center.  Every year, a different country receives special attention and this year Nicaragua was the featured country.  At the welcoming reception, we heard from Mario Salinas (Minister of the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute, INTUR) and a variety of other non-inspiring speakers. The highlight was actually the Embassador from Ethiopia that shared with us the progress his country has made in developing regulations, standards, and trade negotiations with the rest of the world.  There has been a lot of dialogue about Ethiopian coffee as it’s indeed the birthplace of coffee and feels a strongly about it’s inherent rights and priveleges as such.

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After the speakers, we attended a cocktail party complete with a beautiful display of Nicaraguan folkloric dancing, free Flor de Cana rum drinks, and lots of networking.  In fact, the networking we began that night was an indicator of what benefits lay ahead during the following 3 days of the conference.  JT met up with a few hotel operators in Nicaragua that are very interested in selling our coffee at their establishments, as well as connecting us with the small hotel operators association of Nicaragua in order to promote eco-tourism in Northern Nicaragua.

Although we don’t run our eco-lodge as a public hotel, it was good to see folks with similar intentions of sustainable development via eco-tourism.  Along the same lines, JT met Patricia Valiente who is a consultant out of El Salvador who has developed tourism “routes” in El Salvador.  They discussed best practices and lessons learned from developing eco-tourism routes focused on sustainability.

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The next day the expo opened and they spent the afternnoon chatting with Alan Odom from Interamerican Coffee, who has bought our coffee this year.  Great guy with great intentions for us.  He understands our approach to coffee and the local community and is connecting us with the like minded business contacts.  He introduced JT to the president of Elan Organic Coffees. She founded the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and invited JT to breakfast the following day to celebrate the signing in of Nicaragua, the 4th chapter along with Peru, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

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JT met the president of the Nicaraguan chapter at that breakfast presentation and they are very interested in learning more about how we work with women from our local community Los Robles, Jinotega.  Womens groups had a very big presence at the conference and we looking forward to working with these organizations this year.  Grounds for Health is an organization that reached out to over 1,000 women in Matagalpa and Jinotega last Fall through their detection and treatment of Cervical Cancer programs.  They might be able to come to our farm to do the same kind of program this year, with fewer people of course!

There were amazing people doing great things for the community… in fact, the Specialty Coffee industry really seems to be a group of folks wanting to make a difference and very open to collaboration and sharing ideas.  On the business side, JT furthered conversation with a roaster in Atlanta who brings in coffee from Nicaragua in several containers annually.  We are working out the details for him to bring a couple hundred pounds of coffee into Atlanta… We would like to begin a little cottage industry for US distribution this year.  We’ll have our labels and bags ready soon, so be on the look out for possible markets.

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Nicaragua’s President Ortega visits Finca El Peten – 03/09

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We had a big surprise this weekend when President Daniel Ortega showed up at the farm by helicopter to give a speech on self-sustainability and organic agriculture! The president called the farm a “fantastic model of diversification”. The theme was women in agriculture and self sufficient food production for Nicaragua. The minister of agriculture had gone looking for model sustainable farms in northern Nicaragua and found ours to be the most impressive.

They informed us on Thursday and the mass of army soldiers, policemen, and set up personnel all started arriving on Friday. They surrounded the farm with perimeter security and proceeded to set up an elaborate stage and tent camp. It was quite impressive. The dignitaries started flowing in Saturday morning.  Ambassadors from Switzerland, Taiwan, Luxembourg, ministers of agriculture, education, rural development, etc. and the heads of some UN delegations participated first in a discourse on how to more efficiently help poor farmers.

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The government has been giving out “abonos” of a cow, two goats, ten chickens, a rooster, and a pig to each of some 3,500 of the poorest families. Agreements were reached by providers and administrators that more education, evaluation of capacities and follow up on results were necessary. Finca El Peten will participate as a training center and model farm for the many diversified disciplines of permaculture and organic food production. The minister of agriculture is on board to take Nicaragua toward self sufficiency in an organic way. We are very excited as this is exactly what we have been promoting.

The press was there in a big way with national live broadcast. It rained right through the event and remarkably everything went smoothly.  Their teams were well prepared and efficient, setting up and breaking down the elaborate stage and decorations in record time. Romualdo and our team handled things very well on our end as well to make the event a big success.

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Our friends from Peace passers were also on hand and made a donation of some 20 uniforms and several balls to the local girls soccer team in Los Robles. Their support is welcome and much appreciated in our effort to help kids in the local community.

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Finca El Peten hosted a party for the outgoing mayor – 01/09

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JT and I hosted a party for the outgoing mayor and all associated dignitaries this weekend at El Peten. The thing was a big success and a couple hundred people showed up. We are establishing great community ties and developing quite a reputation. There were at least five reporters, two from TV stations, and many interviews were conducted. Awards and plaques were handed out and long, emotional speeches were the flavor of the day.

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We took everybody for a tour through the farm, including the carpentry shop, the reception area, the bar/restaurant, the hotel and the tasting room, where our potential international coffee buyers can come and cup the regions coffees. It is one of the potential markets for our hacienda that we feel has great promise. The tour included the vegetable and herb gardens, chickens, cows, goats, bees, pigs, rabbits, and all the associated products that they generate. We also showed them the fruit orchards and the precious wood production that is initiated in our nurseries.

The model demonstrations are critical to provide an impressive image of what we offer and what we are doing. All the disciplines must have viable working examples that people can easily tour and appreciate. Romualdo made a nice path down to the boat launch last week with bamboo railings, also made a floating dock with some 50 gallon barrels, quite impressive!

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New Years party at Finca El Peten – 01/09

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We hosted a New Year´s party for the new mayor, vice mayor, ministers of government agencies, and head of the local army base plus a few local dignitaries and big growers. It was a big success. Socios JT, Austin, Jason, and Byron were all in attendance. Everyone feasted on chicken and a couple pelibuey from Finca Las Nubes that we barbecued up. After the feast everybody went for a ride on the boat around lake Apanas and let the general’s kids drive the boat. They were stoked and we’re hoping that they return the favor by giving us helicopter rides sometime.

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We put forth our mission to them and we are well received. They even talked about the possibility of putting up a health center in the name of El Peten. There is also talk of constructing an organic agricultural school for 200 students with classrooms, labs, housing, etc. We are visiting potential agreements with the mayor and the government in upcoming meetings. It can do nothing but bring prestige to the farm.

We made a lot of great connections with very useful, well positioned government administrators and several farmers that will be sharing cocoa seeds with us among other things. Romualdo, the administrator did a great job organizing the thing with Byron. We are lucky to have him.

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International Permaculture Seminar at Finca El Peten – 08/08

Eighty-five agricultural engineers from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia, Brazil and other parts of Centro America descended on Finca El Peten for a two week diplomado to hear the wisdom of Eugenio Grass, Jairo Restrepo, Sebastian Pinheiro, Chico Meza and our own Byron Corrales on the merits of Permaculture.

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Our facility, designed for twenty guests in ten rooms, was put to the test, especially when the power went out day after day mid-course. We superceded with generators and with the help of the local church were able to accommodate everyone.

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Participants were split into three groups to be schooled.

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Eugenio oriented the engineers in the overall evaluation of the resources, attributes and deficiencies of the land including water retention (dam building), conservation, distribution and purification. Among other things he taught the fundamentals of topographical map-making, reading and sectors in designing the farm.

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Sebastian, the chemist, enlightened all to the true structure of life on the planet and how things worked from the molecular to the particulate level. He taught how to make and read chromatogramos of one’s soil, eliminating the need for soil labs. These tools free the farmer from the NPK formula of modern agro-chemical dogma. He stressed the critical nature of our plight here on the planet and gave solid council on the necessary changes we all need to make.

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Jairo showed them how to apply that information to make their own fertilizers (bocacci), mineral blocks, organic solutions and a whole host of other incredible practical applications of common sense solutions to organic farming. The presentations were all action packed, informative and all of them imparted humor throughout each session.

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Of course the press showed up and immediately ave us up to the minute coverage, all positive, which precipitated the arrival of all kinds of representatives of various organizations including political candidates, Marena (EPA), Intur (tourist bureau) and other neighbors wishing to see what all the fuss was about. We accommodated all comers with a tour of the farm, interviews of the participants and presenters and even a ride on the lake in Celeste, our surf and ski boat. They were all duly impressed!

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It all ended with a bangup barbeque of three pelibueys (goat/sheep cross) I brought from from Finca las Nubes where everyone got a chance to party down. They took full advantage!

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EL PETEN COFFEE AVAILABLE 10/11/12

We are pleased to announce that this year’s harvest is now available from Flamenco Organic coffee Co. It is offered as a single origin SHG as that is extremely important to us. All purchases will help fund all the social projects currently funded by Finca Java including http://www.proyectonica-agua.org/index.html and http://www.comunidadconnect.org/ Our good friends at Taylormade […]


Reforestation at Finca El Peten

One of the many benefits of cultivating organic coffee is the symbiotic relationship a healthy harvest has with the trees that shade the plantation. At Finca Java, we feel blessed with the opportunity to incorporate reforestation into our master plan for Finca El Peten. We have been planting indigenous hardwoods for the last four years, […]


Finca Java’s Commitment to Community

Finca Java was created 4 years ago as an endeavor to preserve and improve the environment through organic coffee cultivation and reforestation, support the local economy through job creation, and nurture a higher quality of life for those less fortunate in our community of Los Robles. By committing ourselves to practice organic permaculture at Finca […]


July 2011 – Planting season begins!

So much has happened since our last post, from the cultivation of our coffee trees to the exciting work we are doing in the community of Los Robles. In future posts, we will be sharing more detailed news of our efforts through images, videos, and updates. Currently, there are 50,000 coffee plants from our nursery […]


Christmas 2009 at Finca El Peten – 12/09

The holiday season was welcomed with high spirits this year on the farm.


Finca El Peten at SCAA conference 2009 in Atlanta – 04/09

John Thompson recently returned from Atlanta and the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual conference at the GA World Congress Center.


Nicaragua’s President Ortega visits Finca El Peten – 03/09

President Daniel Ortega showed up at the farm by helicopter to give a speech on self-sustainability and organic agriculture!


Finca El Peten hosted a party for the outgoing mayor – 01/09

We hosted a party for the outgoing mayor and all associated dignitaries this weekend at El Peten.


New Years party at Finca El Peten – 01/09

We hosted a New Year´s party for the new mayor, vice mayor, ministers of government agencies, and head of the local army base


International Permaculture Seminar at Finca El Peten – 08/08

Eighty-five agricultural engineers different countries descended on Finca El Peten for a diplomado on the merits of Permaculture.