Two Brothers – The Farmer and the Roaster
Our family has been involved in the coffee cultivation business for generations. Because the two brothers grew up surrounded by the coffee business, with most of their relatives directly engaged in the growing, selling or marketing of coffee, they decided they should also get involved in the business, even though they both had studied professions not clearly associated with agriculture.
Before the Sandinista-Contra war, Nicaragua was the top-producer of superior coffee in Central America. However, after the civil war ended, growing coffee did not appear to be a profitable profession. The country was focused on rebuilding infrastructure while sowing peace. Nowadays, the brothers’ objective is to bring the high quality of Nicaraguan coffee back to where it was before the war devastated the country and economy.
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.
From Our Family Farm to Your Family Kitchen!
The day Lenner was released from his two years of mandatory military service, the younger brother Winston, also seventeen, was drafted and spent his two years stationed in the jungle during the civil war. As soon as Winston had completed his service, he enrolled at the National University (Universidad Nacional) in Managua. There, Winston studied civil engineering and nowadays is an engineer by profession. Always an adventurous spirit, upon graduation, Winston won a scholarship from the Japanese government to study advanced bridge and road construction in Osaka. It was in that beautiful country where Winston met his wife, an American who was teaching English and Spanish at an international school. Winston currently handles the import, roasting, packaging and marketing of their coffee beans in the USA. Both brothers have always been close and are very excited to work together bringing the quality coffee beans grown on their family farm to a larger group of coffee enthusiasts.
We hope you enjoy the coffee we so carefully raise, harvest and roast with the aim of meeting the highest expectations of global coffee connoisseurs. We like to say that our coffee travels from our family farm to your family kitchen. Quite literally, it is true!Sandino Coffee Roasters
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