ABOUT THE FARM
Our farm “Liquidambar” is named after a high tree called “Liquidambar” in Spanish or “Sweetgum tree” in English. Such tree grows in high areas and among coffee farms mostly. When we acquired the farm, there was nothing there, so we decided to plant three main coffee varieties, Lempira, Ihcafe90 and sarchimor. These varieties has given great results at such a high altitude, due to their high mucilage content and longer cherry ripening process.
Coffees above 1700 mts. will take longer to harvest compared to lower altitude lots. After trying different processes we found that applying washed and natural process gives us the best results. Coffee growing is a new journey for us and a key factor that has allowed us to keep high quality is to pick only ripe red coffee cherries and implement a slow drying process that takes at least 20 days and sometimes even more.
We can’t really dry coffee at the farm because the weather is to cold, so we must carry down the coffee to warmers areas. We keep all our areas very clean and we don’t use any type herbicides, we produce an organic coffee basically. This is our first harvest from this farm and we are very much amazed by the coffee quality.
WHO’S THE FARMER
My life has always been nothing else but to work hard and keep my mind busy and focused. I’m a first generation coffee farmer. Before, I used to grow coffee at lower altitudes, but I wasn’t really much involved on specialty coffee. My family has always worked on transportation industry. We also have a small store where we sale clothes and other. I don’t have any hobbies in specific, I just really enjoy my work and developing new projects.
I have very big expectations, I’ll like to buy more land and maybe start growing other varieties such as geisha, icatu, parainema. Perhaps use the same area to make some cabins, like a hotel in the middle of the forest.
Well, I find myself quite happy, It’s the first time I get to export coffee and I hope we can keep a long business relationship that can go from one generation to another.
「楓樹莊園」的命名是源自一種西班牙文名為“ Liquidambar”的高樹，英文又叫做“Sweetgum tree”。這種膠皮糖香樹生長在高海拔地區，常見於咖啡莊園中。當我們買下這片農地時，這裡什麼都沒有，所以我們決定嘗試種植三種咖啡：倫皮拉(Lempira)、Ihcafe90和莎奇摩(sarchimor)。這些品種由於果膠(mucilage)含量高、咖啡櫻桃成熟過程長，在高海拔地區的種植成果相當好。
瑪莉亞 多明奎茲 (Maria Gloria)