Mules, Guns & Beans
To find great coffee, take the difficult journey to the source
At an elevation of more than 4,000 feet, El Cielo is one of the highest coffee plantations in Nicaragua and one of the most prized. The steep and rocky road to El Cielo (Spanish for "the sky") ceases to be a road after a while and becomes a path fit only for donkeys and four-wheel drives, which is why owner Mario Cerna is driving me to the harvest in his shiny silver Toyota Land Cruiser.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands May 31, 2004.