I started about 42-43 years ago it was a half manzana (0.7 hectares) and the cottage. Caturra was the first variety we cultivated. Year by year we grew little by little until we reached twelve manzanas. Since 2000 we have worked as organic as possible. Ever since we have seen that the soil is healthier and there is less deforestation. Of course, we do have to use some chemical fertilizers and pesticides. But we use them very consciously, we only apply it to the parts of the farm that really need it. A part of our philosophy is to work as a family farm. Everybody has to help a little, especially during harvest time.
My grandfather started 80 years ago to plant Arabicas and Maragogype. We used to be cattle rangers, but later we decided to switch to coffee.
What is your secret for winning the event?
You have to treat the coffee very well at the farm, obviously you have to pick well, only the ripest cherries. It is important to depulp the coffee the same day. Managing the wetmill is a key task, watching the fermentation and then washing the coffee really well. Also, the variety is very important, they are pure Arabicas. They are harder to cultivate, you have to fight against coffee leaf rust and the climate change. But it’s worth it.
How does it feel to be one of the winners?
It is the most beautiful thing. Winning in the cup of excellence is every farmer’s dream. It is incredible to feel happy like this. You work all year, it is good to know that all that work is for something.
What will you be investing the profit you get from the electronic auction?
I want to improve the farm, to be able to pay for the attention my plants need. But also, I want my kids to have a good education and send them to school.
Had you participated in the contest before? Had he been a winner?
I have participated 3 times and two times I have won, the 17th and 23rd place. Those certificates still decorate my house.
What do you think of the cup of excellence?
It is a very nice project to encourage producers to plant better coffee. Promote the quality of the coffee.
|Farm Name||Santa Prisca 2017|
|Farmer/Rep.||Leonel De Jesús Rodriguez Valladarez|
|Size (30kg boxes)||15|
|Aroma/Flavor||Honey, green apple, lychee, vanilla, molasses, apple, sweet herbal,|
|Acidity||Bright, malic, citric, green apple.|
|Other||Juicy, creamy, round.|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||943|
|High bidders||Kyokuto Fadie Corporation|