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About the Land
About the Coffee
Cordillera de Montecillos
Lempira, Noventa, Catuai, Pacamara, Parainema, Pacas and Icatú
1200 to 1600
USDA NOP Organic
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USDA NOP Organic
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Cafés Especiales de Altura, Santa María (CAFESA), is an organization of coffee producers founded by 16 partners f on March 31, 2012. CAFESA was legally registered on June 10, 2014 in the Ministry of Economic Development. The headquarters is in the Municipality of Santa María, La Paz and partners are from both the Santa María and San José, department of La Paz. The association was formed following the leaf rust crisis suffered by producers in 2012 and in low New York stock prices, lack of employment and social problems that are faced currently, and also the misuse of natural resources that have caused environmental pollution and directly affect climate change. In 2012, activities and awareness-raising were organized for partners to participate actively in training and formation processes. In 2015, the members began training in topics related to organic coffee growing and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Currently the membership is 47 producers, 16 women and 31 men with organic certification and fair trade.
CAFESA is located in a privileged area with special climatic conditions for the production of coffee. The altitude of the coffee plantations are between 1,200 meters above sea level at 1,600 meters above sea level, with a rainfall of 1,800 mm per year and temperatures ranging from 17 to 28 ° C. The varieties of coffee cultivated are: Lempira, Noventa, Catuai, Pacamara, Parainema, Pacas and Icatú, CAFESA producers, in addition to producing Fairtrade certified and organic coffee, also have the possibility of offering special coffee with a diversity of profiles and varieties to meet the needs of Coffee Unified and our roasting partners.
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18/19 Harvest Report
Overall quality was very good and production was average. With lower prices continuing on for a few years now, regionally there is less fertilization and less farm upkeep like pruning, shade management, and leaf rust control. Individiual members are starting to see production of some of their high end specialty varities like Geisha & Pacamara
in the Grower's words