El Salvador | June - September 2015
Farming organically is an opportunity and a challenge, and the farmers of Las Colinas have the added responsibility of farming alongside one of El Salvador’s last remaining tropical forests. Las Colinas is in the buffer zone of El Imposible, a National Park full of important resources that flora, fauna, and fellow humans rely upon.
Part of the complex business of running a coffee co-operative is to focus on both the current and future harvests. The co-op’s income is dependent in large part upon how much coffee they can cultivate on their fixed amount of land.
Las Colinas has successfully implemented their key goals this year, including:
- A farmer exchange to the COMSA co-op in Honduras. Members participated in farm tours and in both technical and philosophical discussions that have influenced their farming practices.
- Farm renovations. Farmers uprooted older trees to plant seedlings. New trees can take 3 or more years to produce coffee, so this is a long-term investment in how much a given farm can produce—and in improving the quality of the coffee that it produces. This year Las Colinas succeeded in planting a massive amount of new trees: 104,000!
This year’s harvest amount increased significantly. Both that success and the quality of the coffee caused fist pumps and cheers in our quality lab. We hope it sparks the same for you.
This is a sweet coffee with subtle fruit and a soft and creamy mouthfeel.
To read more about the farmer exchange between Las Colinas and COMSA, read our Green Coffee Buyer Carly’s field reports on our blog:
- The Learning Never Stops Part 1: The Philopshy
- The Learning Never Stops Part 2: The Practical
- The Learning Never Stops Part 3: The Personal