The coffee Ines Araque is part of the La Palma y El Tucan Neighbors and Crops program. For this project, a highly trained team of La Palma y El Tucan’s pickers picks the ripe cherries and chooses which of these cherries will be used. The processing of the coffee takes place in the La Palma y El Tucan facilities, in a new washing station within a farm with perfect ergonomy. This particular processing station includes elevated beds for the drying of the coffee, uses solar energy in order to save resources and has an up to date mechanical drum for the final drying of the coffee.
Ines is a 60 years old, and has been producing coffee for the past 20 years. She bought her farm along with her husband and started producing coffee as family tradition. El Porvenir is a 1-hectare estate where Ines has at least 1600 coffee trees, mainly Castillo variety. She also diversifies he income by producing plantain and citric fruits.
Ines has 4 children, two of them help her on the farm, they do the maintenance and other farming labors. Their other 2 are independent and work in the urban area.
Before joining the Neighbors & Crops program, Ines used to sell her coffee to local buyers and to the National Coffee Federation. Furthermore, she told us that she found very difficult to do the wet and drying process as it took a lot of her time and it was even worse in rainy seasons.
With the Neighbors & Crops program Ines is offered its trained team of pickers during harvest, they transport the cherries to their wet mill, and the drying process is now facilitated for her.
La Palma y El Tucan has created a very innovative lab, in which the people of the farm conduct the necessary quality controls required in every stage.
La Palma y El Tucan experiments with new fermentation methods. We are extremely proud of this cooperation with La Palma y El Tucan, which is part of our direct relationship coffees model.