Coffee Archive 10.11.23

La Esperanza


James Wilkins

The La Esperanza farm is owned by Carlos Alexander López Pastrana, who has had it since 1996. The farm was named La Esperanza (The Hope) because it represents their dreams of family self-sustainability and conservation of water resources for future generations. The farm is located in the Los Arados community, Los Volcancitos sector, Mosonte, Nueva Segovia.

On average, there are three permanent workers on the farm, but during the harvest months from January to April, the workforce increases to 25. The farm covers an area of about 25.5 hectares under coffee, producing an average yield of 10 quintals of gold per hectare. The coffee is grown at an altitude of 1650 meters above sea level on sandy loam soil. The cultivated varieties include Caturra, Red Catuai, and Maracaturra.

It covers about 5.3 hectares at altitudes ranging between 1550 and 1650 meters. The variety of coffee grown in this plot is Red Catuai. The coffee is cultivated in an eco-friendly manner with sustainable practices that are economically, socially, and environmentally viable. The farm uses forest species, fruit trees, and banana plants for shade. It also uses low-intensity pesticides, organic and synthetic fertilizers, and periodic pruning to improve the coffee plants' growth. Coffee is handpicked only when the beans are ripe.

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