"Selva Negra's history is in many ways the history of the coffee in Nicaragua altogether. In the 1880′s the Nicaraguan government invited young German immigrants to come and settle in Nicaragua in order to promote coffee harvest in the northern highlands. Many young immigrants accepted the offer, thus forming the main coffee plantations of the country, many of which bear the names of the immigrant's motherland. Selva Negra's coffee farm is called Hammonia, Latin for Hamburg, which was the hometown of Mr. Hans Bösche, German immigrant who first settled the land.
The Selva Negra Estate has been exporting quality old style Arabica coffee, with the tradition of shaded coffee, since 1890. Remnants from the original German settlers are prevalent today on the Selva Negra Ecolodge, from Mr. Bösche's original cabin to the front wheel of the famous Terrocarril.
The estate's proprietors are committed to ecological agriculture and preserve over 300 acres of the estate that contains a vast virgin rain forest. Eddy Kühl and Mausi Hayn, descendants of the original German Immigrants, demonstrate their dedication in many ways from the use of organic fertilizer to the innovative use of coffee by-products to produce methane gas for cooking. The Kühl's house adjoins the coffee "beneficio" (processing mill), ensuring the close monitoring of production to achieve top quality coffee."