Sandino Coffee Roasters - Portland Mercado location
Our family has been involved in the coffee cultivation business for generations. Because my brother and I both grew up surrounded by the coffee business with most of our relatives directly engaged in the growing, selling or marketing of coffee, we decided we should get involved even though we both had studied professions not clearly associated with agriculture.
After the war in our country, coffee did not look to be a profitable profession. Nowadays, our objective is to bring Nicaraguan coffee quality back to where it was before the war devastated our country and economy. Before the Sandinista-Contra war, our country was the top-producer of superior coffee in Central America.
The older of the two brothers, Lenner Sandino is a licensed architect by profession and a perfectionist by nature. Lenner is the type of person who exceeds at whatever he chooses to do. In school, he was always the straight-A student who was top of his class. During the years of crisis in our country when Nicaragua was engaged in civil war, Lenner was drafted at the age of seventeen and spent two years in the military service.
Nowadays, Lenner resides in our family home in Jinotega, Nicaragua. Called the City of Mists, Jinotega is a tranquil small municipality with a population of approximately 55,000 located three-hours by car from the capital of Managua. Lenner manages the daily operation of our plantation. He spends most of his time at the farm assisting the farmers, planning improvements, overseeing cultivation and directing the harvest during the months of December-February. Lenner has studied current methods of raising premium coffee in both a traditional and sustainable manner and has put his academic mind to great use to become knowledgeable regarding all aspects of propagating safe, quality and entirely shade-grown coffee beans.
Sandino Coffee Roasters - At 57th and Sandy Blvd
For several years Sandino Coffee Roasters has been looking for a second location but was not able to find a good location close to Portland but affordable. We applied to so many retails locations but the real estate agent's owner always went with name recognition coffee shops.
We were lucky enough to be able to find this small but historic building located at NE 57th and Sandy Blvd. Currently the building has a tattoo shop on the second floor and we are working hard to remodel the first floor for our coffee shop.
This location will have the same menu as the shop at the Portland Mercado but we will have additional items such as "Nitro Cold Brew" and other items as well.