Our passion begins in NICARAGUA, the home of Santa Lucia’s Single Origin, Farm Direct Coffee. Our beans come from only one region of one country of origin. Yet, Santa Lucia is a uniquely integrated Direct Trade program known for its distinct quality and exceptional cup. Without any middleman we have kept out one level of distribution and it has allowed us keep costs lower and offer our premium product at a more affordable price.
This must be working ingredients: Santa Lucia Estate Coffee, one of Washington’s original sustainable coffee companies begins the celebration of its 20th year!
We believe in the country of Nicaragua and the amazing, consistent Arabica coffee bean it has provided us year after year. As Importers we work hands on to source our product from small family owned farms in the beautiful high mountains of Nicaragua’s Jinotega region.
With elevations of over 3000 feet this makes for perfect coffee growth and harvesting. WHY? High altitudes and this unique location and microclimate cultivate beautiful red coffee cherries from birth. The climate of the rain forest provides shade necessary to nurture cherries slowly allowing them to develop consistently. The soil of these mountain climates are rich in minerals to generate the same amazing crops year after year. At the end of the coffee harvest a denser bean is produced, which roasted properly translates into a richer cup of coffee.
With traceability and above market price to the farmer, these beautiful shade grown and hand washed, sorted and patio dried coffee gems travel to be roasted in the US. We will only use the top 20-25% beans from small farmer’s limited lots of production. Beans are selected by their size, equal shape and humidity and hold up best for processing, small batch roasting and the final brewing process. Hands on distribution is to some of the greatest Chefs and Restaurateurs we know: people and organizations that care about drinking and serving a great cup of coffee!
These are the key reasons we believe our coffee product is better than most and what makes our company so passionate about what we provide