In Central America, where deforestation and environmental degradation are widespread, the Canales family in Nicaragua is taking precisely the opposite approach: instead of razing the forest to raise cattle or plant crops, they buy cow pasture and cropland to plant the trees that shade their organic coffee. They tie their regenerative farming practices to a commitment to quality to produce award-winning lots like this Geisha varietal grown by third-generation farmer Norman Canales.

  • Type Single Origin
  • Country Nicaragua
  • Flavor Profile Apple + Raw Sugar
  • Variety Geisha

The details

  • Country Nicaragua
  • Producer Norman Canales
  • Region Pueblo Nuevo
  • Elevation Range 1550 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed
  • Harvest January-March 2021
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2004

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from intelligentsia.com.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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Origin Story

Nicaragua Los Delirios Geisha

Nicaragua's coffee sector may sit in the long shadows cast by its storied neighbors, but there is a growing number of coffee farmers in Nicaragua. 

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    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago and Los Angeles, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.