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About the Land
About the Coffee
IHCAFE-90 , Costa Rica 95
Fermentation and drying information:
Cherry is brought to a central mill at the offices of ACALEM. A new ECOPULPER (demucilage machine) was provided for by a local NGO and was installed prior to the 17/18 harvest. During the 18/19 harvest the mill was in full operation. It takes an average of 7 hours for coop members to transport their cherry from the farm yo the mill. Dry milling and sorting is done at a neighbouring cooperative.
Farm Size (hectares)
Area Planted w/ Coffee
Average Age of Trees
Yield per Hectare
Trees per Hectare
Amount of Shade
Don Jose is 75 years old. He has 7 children all full grown adults. 5 men and 2 women with a total of 10 grandchildren. He is second generation coffee farmer and part of a newly formed coopertive in Morazan called ACALEM.
While basically a coffee farmer from birth, Don Jose began working Finca La Victoria just 5 years ago. His trees are in their second year of production having been planted 4 years ago. With the help of the cooperative (ACALEM) and local NGO's , Don Jose strives to integrate climate smart farming practices on his farm and he notes challenges with shade and soil management being particularly labor-some but he know's the work is important not just for the quality of his coffee but for his community.
*May have been hastily translated. Pardon spelling or grammatical errors.
18/19 Harvest Report
in the Grower's words
Conservation work and growing coffee lead to plenty of challanges on the farm. For exmaple , it's both cumbersome and expensive to main proper pruning and have good shade management. We look for better prices in order to provide better pay for our manual labor