Mario Vilchez Urbina began planting small plots of coffee for his farm, Finca Santa Gema, in 1998. In the years that have followed, Mario has achieved recognition for producing some of the sweetest and most complex coffees in Nicaragua. During our visit this past harvest, we were impressed with Mario’s dedication to quality and progress as well as his incredible generosity and welcoming presence.
Approximately 20 acres of the sandy-loam soils of Santa Gema are planted in Red Catuai and Maracaturra, with an additional 14 acres to remain as forest. Mario’s wife and three sons are actively involved with the management of the farm with each participating in a different capacity. A small wet-mill on the farm handles the pulping, 14-18 hour fermentation, and washing of the coffee. Each lot is then delivered to Beneficio Las Segovias for drying.
We have secured two lots of his excellent red catuai to feature this year and we will be sure to keep an eye on next year’s harvest in anticipation of featuring one of his coffees again.