This weekend we finally got out of town. Our first trip wasn’t to the beach. Instead, we went north to coffee country. The cooler climate was a nice break from the Managua heat, although with the cool weather came even more rain. We stayed at Selva Negra, a mountain resort near the town of Matagalpa. Founded by German immigrants decades ago, Selva Negra (or Black Forest in English) is a fully functioning finca with cows, pigs, chickens, horses, and crops including coffee, bananas, limes, and all sorts of local fruits. It also produces gourmet cheeses. We sampled the Selva Negra Camembert, Feta, Manchengo, Gouda and other varieties. We also ate some good German sausages for dinner, but sadly there was no German beer to go with them. On Sunday our group did some horseback riding, hiking, and more eating. Selva Negra is only about a 2 hour drive from Managua through some beautiful countryside, so I’m sure we’ll be back again when the dryer, hotter season starts after December. Plus, any place that specializes in coffee and cheese deserves a second visit.