The Garcia-Díaz Family, La Pita, Nicaragua. Photo: Mara Nielsen

The Garcia-Díaz Family, La Pita, Nicaragua. Photo: Mara Nielsen

STUDENT PROJECT: January 2014

In January 2014, Mara Nielsen took part in CAN’s International Field Study program and spent two weeks living with the Garcia-Díaz family in La Pita, Nicaragua. During her two weeks in La Pita, the Garcia-Díaz family shared their experiences as coffee growers in the midst of a crisis caused by la roya — a plant disease (known as coffee rust in English) that has drastically reduced the yields of their coffee plants.

Taste of La Pita is a compilation of photographs of the Garcia-Díaz family in La Pita—a community of small-scale coffee farmers in the mountains of northern Nicaragua. This is where a cup of AgroEco® Nicaraguan Coffee starts: in the hands of the Garcia-Díaz family and the 14 other families that comprise the Denis Gutiérrez coffee cooperative.

Mara graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2014 and currently works there as an admissions counselor.