La Pradera—which means “The Prairie” —is a farm in northern Nicaragua that has been in the Lovo family since the 1930s. It is run by brothers David and Luis Joaquin. Their father selected land at the highest part of the mountain (farmers used to get paid by volume, and coffee grown at higher elevations has higher density) and rode his horse everyday from his home in Ocotal to work the farm, using donkeys to transport the ripe cherry up and down the mountain. The Lovos do all their own milling in Ocotal, a desert town where they live right off the main square. They also have a ranch with cattle and horses where they grow avocados, cashews, figs, coconuts, maracuyá, cactus, grapes and papayas.
The farm is planted exclusively with Caturra and Catuai varieties, and everything is wash processed. The Lovos dedicate the majority of their production to specialty coffee, a commitment to quality that comes through in the cup with incredible clarity.