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The Canales family began growing coffee in a quiet valley in northern Nicaragua in 1958. Since then, the family has tripled the size of its Los Delirios farm, steadily purchasing surrounding pastures and converting them to shaded organic coffee groves. Daniel Canales, the second generation owner of Los Delirios, won the top prize at the 2004 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence. His three boys, Milton, Norman, and Donal, have continued the tradition, investing mightily in improvements in post-harvest processing to increase quality.
  • SKU Nicaragua Flor Azul Limited Release
  • Country Nicaragua
  • Region within Country Pueblo Nuevo, Estelí
  • Elevation 1450 m
  • Farm Los Delirios
  • Farmer / Producer Name Canales Family
  • Buyer Michael Sheridan
  • Cultivar Pacamara
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic Yes
  • Harvest Year 2019
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Nicaragua Flor Azul Limited Release

Our 16th year of collaboration with the Canales family at its Los Delirios farm produced this Pacamara lot.

Coffee quality depends on what farmers grow, where they grow it, and how they grow it.

In Nicaragua, we have been working for more than 15 years with the Canales family, which has been widely celebrated for the where and the how of its work — it grows coffee organically, in the shade of pristine forest groves, and has invested mightily in post-harvest processing upgrades as part of its continuous quality improvement efforts. More recently, it has turned its prodigious energies to the what, producing cultivars not commonly grown in Nicaragua, including this Pacamara varietal lot.

WHERE + HOW

For decades, the Canales family has been turning today’s success into tomorrow’s through a virtuous cycle of reinvestment in coffee. Season after season over the course of three generations, the family has used the profits from its coffee sales to expand its operations. In many cases, this has involved the purchase of pasture around the edges of its coffee farm, which it converts to organic coffee forests through a patient process that takes the better part of 10 years. They do this exceedingly well, regenerating degraded landscapes without compromising on quality: Daniel Canales earned top honors at Nicaragua’s 2004 Cup of Excellence competition with the first lot of certified organic coffee ever to take the CoE’s top spot. Milton, Norman, and Donal, the three sons to whom Daniel has entrusted the future of Los Delirios, have registered more CoE wins for the family. Today they operate a vast complex of farms, wet mills, drying facilities, and a dry mill, focusing on quality in every step of the process.

WHAT

For decades, the Canales family has stubbornly refused to make the transition to high-yielding hybrids that are resistant to diseases like coffee leaf rust, sticking with the traditional varieties in the Bourbon and Typica lineages that are celebrated for the quality of the coffee they produce. Over the past few years, they have complemented the Bourbons and Catuais and Caturras that make up most of their coffee groves with exotic varieties like Pacamara and Geisha.

We have worked closely with the Canales crew over the past three seasons to bring this coffee to market. The results of all that effort are evident in this lot, which reminds us of nectarine, fruit leather, and cola.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.