Rio Coco | Madriz, Nicaragua | Cafe Femenino®


Rio Coco | Madriz, Nicaragua | Cafe Femenino®

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A smooth cup with sweet cocoa aromatics, nutty chocolate notes, and a creamy body.

Process: Washed

Varietal: Pacamara, Maragogype

Region: Madriz, Nicaragua

Cooperative: UCA San Juan del Rio Coco | Certified Fair-Trade, Organic, and Bird Friendly (Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center)

Roast level: Medium (City+ Roast)

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Why love it?
UCA San Juan del Rio Coco is a union of 8 small farmer cooperatives in the Northern Nicaraguan highlands, at about 4,500 ft above sea level. All of their coffee is certified organic and shade-grown, below a canopy of intact, functioning forests that provide critical habitat for hundreds of migratory bird species. Small shade coffee farms have been increasingly destroyed to make way for sun-tolerant coffee with better yields and lower prices - it is estimated that over 40% of shade coffee farms in Latin America have been lost in the last decade! This coffee is also certified Bird Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

This year, the women within the Co-Operative have organized under the Cafe Femenino® program - which means they’re going the extra mile with projects to improve their whole region! Learn more at

In addition to the Fair-Trade, Organic, and Cafe Femenino® price premiums to the farmers, Ethos contributes an additional 5 cents per lb of green coffee purchased to the Cafe Femenino® Foundation, which funds the community projects (chosen by women in the Co-Op).

Why do we believe in this initiative? (1) Women get paid directly for their product, (2) get help acquiring legal title to the land they farm, and (3) have the opportunity to take on official leadership roles within their Cooperative and get a budget for projects to improve their community - for many, this is likely the very first time they have real decision-making power and a voice to shape their future!

Our absolute favorite on French Press, as it accentuates its natural sweetness & nuttiness. Also shines on other full-immersion methods (i.e. siphon, moka pot) and on Drip!