Our Story

Here’s a little bit about who we are.

Our company was established in 2003 and we started managing 2 abandoned coffee states in the Jinotega/Matagalpa areas, with the long-term view of re-establishing the business of these plantations sustainably.

During the past 16 years, we have replanted our estates with new and diverse coffee varieties, we have established a professional organization and we have invested in rebuilding the infrastructure of the farms: all the living quarters, roads, coffee mills, processing and transport equipment, etc. Last but not least, we’re very proud to have established a unique education project at La Bastilla, which aims to give unique opportunities to young children and adolescents in our local area La Bastilla is the only specialty arabica coffee estate in Nicaragua with fully integrated production processes from cherry to export bag, all done on-site at the farm.

We produce, process, and export from our two estates:

  • La Bastilla Farm, based in the highlands of Jinotega, Nicaragua
  • Santa Luz Farm, based in the mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Our coffee represents the impact of the microclimate of the farms/areas and a very careful, quality-oriented harvesting and milling process at the farm including drying of the parchment. According to the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality contests in recent years, we have obtained ratings between 84 and 88 points on the SCAA scale.

Our Team

Ricardo Herrera, CEO

Ricardo assumed the CEO position in 2021 and brought a wealth of expertise in the specialty coffee industry, having served in several leadership roles at origin and the USA since 2002. He was formerlyVice-President of Coffee Origin Operations at Cafetalera de Tierras Ticas (Hacienda La Minita), where he was the country manager for Costa Rica and Colombia with an excess of 1’200hectares of coffee plantations and several milling operations. He has spent his professional career at either origin or sourcing/selling specialty coffee and had additional stations at Neumann Kaffee Group in Costa Rica and USA, and The Coffee Source in Costa Rica. Ricardo is a board member of Sintercafe and and a licensed Q-Grader by the Coffee Quality Institute.

Marco Tulio González, COO

Marco is an Industrial Engineer with an MBA in operations management and finance. After spending a few years working for other coffee companies in Nicaragua, he joined our team as operations manager in 2021.

The rest of our amazing team

In total, we are approximately 50 permanent staff (field and administrative office) making our vision come true.

During harvest season we are joined by up to 500 coffee pickers!

Testimonials: What Our Clients Say

“‘One of the most rewarding parts of working in coffee is being able to travel to fantastic locations, and see firsthand the brilliant work that sustainable and ethical purchasing can create.
We are incredibly proud to be involved with La Bastilla, as we feel they are really leading the way with how coffee should be grown with a huge focus on the community, and an eye to future generations.”

James WoganWogan Coffee, UK

“Café de La Bastilla is unmistakable in its quality, flavor and aroma. The great performance with much knowledge and love is remarkable, as is the responsibility with nature and our future generations.”

Alexander RomanCafeshop Especial, Germany

“We have supported La Bastilla for several years as we are convinced of the quality of the product and of the sustainability of the project.”

Daniel BadilattiCafe Badilatti, Switzerland

“We have worked with La Bastilla for more than a decade. Thanks to the passion, innovation and expertise that the team have put into their work throughout this time, the quality of La Bastilla coffee has continued to go from strength to strength.”

Frank Tanner,Bettys & Taylors Of Harrogate, UK

“We at Volcafe Select have been working with La Bastilla for a few years now. We are very happy with the quality of their coffee and often discover gems. Really good partners!”

We also highly value the dialogue with their team. We regularly ask for their competent input around varieties, coffee farming and processing from a quality perspective. They are always happy to help, very reliable people who know what they do!”

Tobias SchwindVolcafe Select, Germany

Get in touch
with us!

If you would like to know more about La Bastilla Coffee Estates, or you would like to get in touch to buy our coffee, please send us a message, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

If you wish to get in touch with Ricardo Herrera alternatively, you can also reach him under the following:

email: ricardo@bastillacoffee.com

mobile: +506 8310-69-23