The time has come to a close for our Nicaraguan Grower’s Blend, a fundraiser blend that raised money for two great projects for our Nicaraguan growing co-ops. These projects will keep growing and developing throughout the coming years, but here’s a quick update on their progress so far.
The first project was at Zacarias Padilla and it was to improve their wet mill system by repairing the water piping and waste water management system. The goal was also to double the size of their on-site drying patio to improve consistency and give them a greater ability to control coffee quality. As of last month, they have reached 40% of their goal for the wet mill project and have even re-enforced the water receiving pool with new tiles so there will be no more leakage and lost water. As of yet, they have not expanded their concrete drying patio and instead are opting to create raised drying beds for the coffee to dry on. This will be a cheaper project then they had planned originally and because the beds will be raised and cascaded, it will also be a better use of their space.
The money raised also went towards the Jose Alfredo Zeledon co-op and was meant to improve coffee production through the use of Bokashi, a type of organic fertilizer created though anaerobic fermentation. So far, the first year of production was successful with an increase of 40-50% in coffee production. The number of members of the co-op also rose from 90 to 130; it’s been a busy year all around for this co-op!
Thanks again to all those who helped by purchasing this fundraiser blend and check back for more updates about the exciting developments at the growing co-ops we work with! Check out the photos below of some the growers’ on the co-ops.