Nicaraguan Rajuanse Pacamara Washed “nanolot”

R225.00R760.00 incl. VAT

Nicaraguan Rajuanse Pacamara Washed processed Pacamara cultivar coffee roasted at Quaffee Buitenverwachting to order. A medium to full mouth-feel with nuts, caramelized brown sugar and a sweet citrus afertaste.

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Nicaraguan Rajuanse Pacamara Washed processed Pacamara cultivar coffee from Buena Esperanza, sourced via Zuka Premium division. We are happy to have a coffee from this estate again after a 18 month break.

Nicaraguan Coffee

Nicaragua has cultivated coffee since 1790. Initially introduced to the country out of curiosity by Catholic missionaries, it wasn’t until the 1850s that large-scale coffee cultivation took root. By 1870, coffee had firmly established itself as Nicaragua’s primary export crop, a position it maintained for the subsequent century.

During the eras of dictatorship and communism, coffee remained Nicaragua’s prominent export. However, the sector faced significant challenges in the late 1990s. The 1999 coffee price crash dealt a severe blow, compounded by the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and a subsequent drought.

Today, over 71% of Nicaraguan coffee farmers are smallholders with less than 15 hectares dedicated to coffee cultivation. Despite transportation limitations and ecological concerns related to volcanic slopes in the Pacific region, Nicaraguan coffee production has rebounded, accompanied by an improvement in quality.

The Story of Buena Esperanza Coffee Farm

This coffee is from the coffee farm based on Rajuanse Estate called Buena Esperanza. Nestled in the heart of Nicaragua, the Buena Esperanza coffee farm boasts a rich history. From its origins as part of a timber operation to its transformation into a thriving coffee plantation, let’s explore the fascinating journey of this land.

Origins and Transformation

Buena Esperanza’s story begins in the 1960s, when an American lumber company owned the land. Covering an impressive 2,818 hectares, it was a vast expanse waiting for its destiny. Then, in the early 1970s the land decided to become a coffee farm. With the guidance of Don Manuel, one of the original workers, the first coffee plants were lovingly planted. Despite the political upheavals of the late 1970s and 1980s, coffee production persisted, firmly establishing itself as Nicaragua’s prominent export.

The Secrets Within

Imagine a valley surrounded by majestic mountains—the very heart of Buena Esperanza. Here, microclimates create pockets of varying weather conditions. Some spots bask in sunlight, while others enjoy gentle breezes. These diverse conditions allow for the cultivation of different coffee varieties. The farm’s elevation, ranging from 1100 to 1200 meters, ensures optimal growing conditions. And the annual rainfall of 3000 millimeters nourishes the coffee plants, making them thrive.

Buena Esperanza wears its environmental credentials proudly. Certified by the Rain Forest Alliance and Café Practice, it actively contributes to nature conservation. Birds chirp happily among the coffee trees, and the forest echoes with life.

Challenges and Resilience

Buena Esperanza covers a total of 846 hectares, with 405 hectares dedicated to coffee cultivation. But it’s not just about coffee; the other half of the land remains a natural forest. This balance is crucial for combating local climate change and preserving the habitat for native fauna.

The farm’s commitment extends beyond its borders. Collaborating with Engineers Without Borders, Buena Esperanza ensures that neighbouring communities have access to clean, drinkable water. Springs on the farm supply this precious resource, and the locals actively participate in maintenance and sustainable practices.


Guardian of the Forest: Meet Rajuanse, our forest steward. Every year, gaps within the farm are filled with local trees from the farm’s reforestation nursery. These trees provide shade for the coffee plants and retain essential humidity. Rajuanse’s mission? To keep the forest thriving and ensure that nature continues to flourish.

Buena Esperanza it  not just a farm; it’s a place where beans turn into dreams, and every sip tells a tale of resilience and commitment.

Success and Milling

In 2018, Buena Esperanza achieved favorable placement in the finals of the Cup of Excellence (CoE) in Nicaragua with a washed Pacamara. As a result, it was time to naturally integrate into the Specialty Coffee Segment. During the 2018/19 cycle, Rajuanse Estate established a Specialty Coffee Team. Working collaboratively, the Specialty Coffee Team selected different areas of the farm and various varieties that presented the most favorable conditions to maximize the natural profiles of the coffee beans. At the mill, the decision is made to select the drying process, which is then promptly prepared for transport to the off-site dry mill.

Sajonia Estate Coffee mills the coffees, dedicating a Specialty Coffee line exclusively for Rajuanse in a controlled environment. The coffees here undergo processing using Natural, Honey, or Washed methods. The administrative offices of Rajuanse are located at Sajonia Estate, where all their coffee is tracked from farm to export.

Pacamara Nanolot

We got these details from a WhatsApp discussion with Ramiro to clarify their process, here is an excerpt from that discussion:

I love to share anything that can bring greater awareness. Pacamaras are not high yielding and what you get out of it then has to be purge if smaller bean size, so it is basically for small lots because it is expensive to produce.

The structure for drying is designed to keep the temperature under control and protect from rain and wind flow since it is crucial for drying. There is no direct heat.

Specialize structures are used just for this coffee. We have restricted access because we want to contain any outsider from not following protocol, so doors get locked at end of the day. The structure promotes airflow and is designed to allow hot air to escape out the top easily. The desired result lets in fresh air. This means what dries coffee is cool air, not heat.

During that process for each rack, as they are shuffled, starts getting purged, by selecting the beans that present uneven characteristics. This process might take around 28 days, depending on the ambient wind and temperature.2

Details of Nicaraguan Rajuanse Pacamara Washed

Ramiro classes this coffee as a “nanolot” we are happy to call it a microlot.

Matagalpa, Nicaragua.
Buena Esperanza Farm on Rajuanse Estate.
Ramiro Gurdian.
100% Arabica Pacamara.
1,100-1,200 masl.
Coffee Area:
405 Ha of 846 Ha.
Grain Pro with Hessian (69kg bag).
A medium to full mouth-feel with nuts, caramelized brown sugar and a sweet citrus afertaste.
Roast used:
Short soak of coffee to start, then allow a gently decreasing ramp rate during the roast into and through first crack. Development time is 45 seconds.
Roast degree:
Light – using my-tonino.com.

Starting brews:

Brew Method Ratio Brew Method Ratio
Espresso 1:2.2 AeroPress 18g:200g
Plunger 24g:400g Pour over/filter 18.5g:300g

Transparency Information

Sourced from Zuka Trading
Producer/Organization Ramiro Gurdian / Rajuanse Estate
FOB price Pending, waiting for Zuka to permit us to publish
Cupping score 84 (our score)
Lot size we have committed to 1x 69kg bag
Relationship Our relationship with Ramiro is now 5 years old.
Other Information We spoke directly with Ramiro, who is happy working with Sevenoaks.

1 Marketing material from Zuka.
2 Conversation with Ramiro.

The photos were taken by Ramiro. Includes Tatiana Mairena who is part of the family reserve team. Also, shown are other members of the family reserve team.

Coffee category

3. Full bodied


fruit, spice, sweet

Coffee region



4 ★ Single


Nicaragua, Quaffee




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