Cynthia La Rue
The flavour of this coffee really encapsulates the kick-ass personality of Cynthia La Rue- it’s got a real powerful punch of refreshing yuzu citrus that lingers in the mouth and cuts through the milk and dark chocolate notes- she's a real banger.
To create great things, risks need to be taken, and for the fearless Cynthia La Rue of Finca La Plata this could not be more true. Cynthia is a 4th Generation coffee farmer and the last of seven children. At age 12, Cynthia's family had to flee during the Civil War in Nicaragua and set up their life in the US. Cynthia held onto the memories of her childhood on the farm and once the war was over, she returned to claim the farm back, having to remove people off the land and tracking down the previous staff. Together they built it back up to it’s former glory and now Cynthia is a successful coffee producer, producing high quality, sublime tasting specialty coffee.
Cynthia’s farm now includes day care for workers kids and also offers her employee’s some of the best picker accommodations available. The next step for Cynthia is focusing on making her farm more efficient, as she feels a lot of by-products of coffee production are sub-consciously thrown away. One example is the emission of methane gas in the wet-milling process. Cynthia’s brother has developed a ground-breaking technique to capture and store that methane - which can then be used for cooking, helping the environment on all fronts: methane is not directly spilled into the air, and the cooks don't have to use wood for cooking, cutting down pollution and deforestation.
Cynthia's vision and passion for rebuilding the farm is an inspiring example of the strength of the connection between a farmer and the land on which they were born. A rebel with a cause.
PRODUCER / FINCA LE PLATA
REGION / JINOTEGA
ALTITUDE / 1350m
VARIETY / CATUAI
PROCESS / WASHED
ROAST PROFILE / ESPRESSO + FILTER
TASTES LIKE / MILK CHOCOLATE. HONEYDEW MELON. YUZU. FIERCE AF