Nicaragua has historically undergone periods of turmoil that have hindered the development of the coffee sector in the country. Many experienced coffee farmers fled during the years of Sandinista rule, during the late 1970s to 1990s. When the political scene changed and many of those farmers returned, and Nicaragua’s production escalated. However, the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch and the prolonged world coffee price crisis created further giant-sized hurdles for a country that can, and now does, produce some extremely desirable coffees.