Matagalpa is coffee country, and it was recommended I visit a coffee farm while here. I took the chicken bus north out of town and visited the organic coffee farm known as Selva Negra, or Black Forest.
The farm, and eco-resort and restaurant, is a self-sustaining business with it’s own town. As well as offering coffee tours, there are a lot of hiking trails, so I spent an entire day there. It was beautiful and interesting.
Matagalpa is at a higher elevation than anywhere else I have been in Nicaragua, and the weather is a bit cooler. It’s generally been in the mid 20s with a nice breeze, so really enjoyable. It still felt hot climbing the mountain on the hike at Selva Negra though!
Some interesting facts: Selva Negra is called Black Forest because it was founded by Germans. Germans brought coffee farming to Matagalpa. The farm is completely organic and ecological. Selva Negra coffee is produced under the name La Hammonia. They sell to Whole Foods in the U.S., so you may have tried it.
The tour was very cool. I have been on coffee tours before, but this was different because of the organic and sustainable methods they use, which are time consuming but better for the environment and very impressive. They re-use everything in the coffee process and then some.
It’s a beautiful place with a restaurant on a gorgeous pond. If I had known in advance, I probably would have gone any day but Sunday. That was a huge day for Nicaragua visitors for the lunch buffet and the place was very crowded – and loud! lots of kids. But still very pretty, and I took lots of photos