Peralta, a real coffee family.
In 2014, after a short internship in Managua, I came into contact with Julio Peralta. Myself, inexperienced, and interested in coffee, interviewed for a job by a real coffee professional. Together with Octavio Peralta they run a medium-sized export & milling facility (and their own farm) in the North of Nicaragua near the town of Mozonte. Growing up on their fathers coffee farm, the cousins have worked every possible job in coffee production. But one of the things that struck me most is their infinite motivation to grow and continuously innovate. Keeping an open mind, they have started to combine outside knowledge with local experience. This is why I was contracted to my first “real” job, which marked the starting point of an exciting period in Nicaragua. The northern province of Nueva Segovia has an interesting history of Spanish and native influence. The normally quite towns come to life when the coffee season starts in December, as seasonal workers start spending money again. Over the period of two seasons I worked several jobs on the milling facilities in the small town of Mozonte. The so called “beneficio” is where coffee is dried, stored, cupped and processed for coffee export all around the world. My jobs varied from logistics management (my actual background), certification supervisor and more recently accompanying the agronomist to shoot photos & videos on all of the Peralta farms. Next to coffee, the big industries you can find in the North of Nicaragua are cattle and tobacco. Together with the local passion for horse festivals, you will experience a “cowboy” feeling in a completely unique way. It is along the mountain range that splits Nicaragua and Honduras, where you will find the farms of Peraltas. The family has managed to stay in coffee all throughout of Nicaragua’s turbulent last century, even after their farms were taken and formed the stage for guerrilla warfare.