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Candied cherry, chocolate, red grape, cream , with a heavy body.
Farm: Vista al Bosque
Farmer: Wilmar Castillo
Processing: Fully Washed
Variety: Catuai, Caturra, Bourbon
Elevation: 5,700 feet
Region: Chapada de Minas
Farm: Fazenda Primavera
Farmer: Ricardo Tivares
Variety: Yellow Catuai
Farm/Washing Station: Media Luna
Variety: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
Elevation: 6,000 ft
Wilmar Castillo’s been working in coffee more or less since he was six years old. Tagging along with his father and three older brothers, the family worked on farms from their home in La Libertad throughout Huehuetenango. Some of the earliest memories Wilmar shares include his father’s passion and care for coffee. Everything he learned during those hard years he attributes to his success now, and he is set on providing a brighter future for his family.
Looking back, Wilmar knew he would end up in Hoja Blanca. Stories were passed around about this little valley, folks calling it a blessed land. He finally convinced the family to move about 14 years ago, and is so glad for that. Vista Al Bosque (Overlooking the Forest) sits along the verdant ridges of the valley neighboring two of his brother’s lots, and Wilmar manages the land along with his wife and teenage son. He and the family are an absolute joy to work with-- Wilmar is quality focused, affable, and hilarious. And it doesn't hurt that the coffee slays every season, with deep chocolates, orange and lemon citrus, vanilla, stone fruits cooling into raisin.
Following his father’s footsteps, producer Ricardo Tavares has dedicated his life to the coffee industry. Ricardo’s father began in the roasted coffee industry, delivering products to meet the demands of Brazil’s domestic coffee consumption. Ricardo began his own story in the world of coffee business at age 19, when he accompanied his father on a trip to northern Brazil. After returning from the rolling hills of coffee trees, Ricardo decided not to continue his career as an economist and, instead, dedicated himself entirely to the purchase and sale of coffee beans in the interior of Minas Gerais.It was always Ricardo’s dream to own and operate coffee farms, and, years after beginning work in coffee, he acquired Fazenda Primavera, which is the ultimate fulfillment of that goal. The 980 hectares planted with coffee are not just a farm but a property he and his team have built into a regional exemplar of the possibility of specialty coffee production in Brazil, transforming it from its origins in traditional coffee production by Portuguese families who arrived in the late 70’s, when coffee production in the region began.
Social and environmental sustainability have always been integral to the farm’s operations and it is of great importance to Ricardo that production techniques minimize environmental damage. A power plant on the farm recycles water used in depulping to produce energy and the coffee pulp is composted for use as natural fertilizer. Primavera’s team conducts outreach to neighboring farmers to share knowledge and best practices to help move the region of Angelândia and Chapada de Minas forward, particularly through Instituto Café Solidario.
Media Luna Farm is located in the San Diego municipality of the Cesar Department. Producer Luis Alfonso Padilla Rios, his wife Maria Jhoannaa Paez Rodriguez, and their three children live on Media Luna. The farm produces plantain and lulo fruits in addition to coffee and its 30 hectares reach from 1900 to 2000 meters above sea level. There is a second harvest, called the mitaca, from July to September in addition to the main harvest from November-February.
“I started growing coffee together with my father when I was a child,” Luis Alfonso says. He used to help move coffee in the dryers and give food to the employees. Now he has his own farm and Media Luna has one permanent employee and between 10-15 seasonal employees for harvest. The farm currently partners with Colors of Nature to improve the quality of the coffee they produce.