Farm Liquidambar

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

 

Maria Gloria 

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.

  

DREAMS

 

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.

Maria Gloria 

 

 

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關於莊園

 

「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。

1700米海拔上的咖啡,相較於低海拔區需要更長的收獲時間。試過了很多處理方法後,我們發現採用水洗和日曬能帶給咖啡最好的風味。產出高品質的咖啡對我們來說就像是全新的旅程,關鍵在於精選鮮紅成熟的咖啡櫻桃,並經過至少20天的緩慢乾燥過程,有時還更久呢!為了高海拔地區太冷的問題,我們通常將咖啡運至溫暖的低海拔區日曬。由於我們種的是有機咖啡,需確保所有製程和環境都維持地非常乾淨,且絕對不使用除草劑。這是我們莊園第一批採收的咖啡,我們很驚訝品質居然能如此的好。

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莊主介紹

 

瑪莉亞 多明奎茲 (Maria Gloria) 

我一直以來都過著認真工作、專心致志的生活。我是這個莊園第一代莊主,在此之前,我曾經在低海拔地區種植咖啡,但當時沒有種過精品咖啡。我的家人一直在交通產業裡工作,同時也經營一個販賣衣服和雜貨的小店。我並沒有什麼特別的嗜好,僅是喜愛投入在工作中,開發出新的專案挑戰。

 

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未來期望

 

我對這片莊園有很大的期望,我想購置更多的土地,以後可種植其他品種的咖啡,例如藝妓(Geisha)、伊卡圖(Icatu)、帕拉以內瑪(Parainema)等。或許再規劃小木屋休憩區,就像在森林中的旅店一樣。

 

目前我覺得很快樂,這是我第一次出口咖啡,希望我們能維持長久的合作關係,以後再傳接給下一代莊主。
瑪莉亞 多明奎茲