Cristal farm is located in the El Sauce community in the municipality of Santa Bárbara, Department of Santa Bárbara. It has an altitude of 1550 and 1,650 meters above sea level and is located 14 km from the Peña Blanca community, Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Cortes.
I started growing coffee with my father in 1985 when I was child. I have also dedicated to the cultivation of vegetable gardens, and I have 2.45 hectares of coffee and my family is made up by my wife and I and one son, one daughter y we are waiting for another child. I manage my farm myself and hire around 20 temporary workers for the coffee harvest.
What natural resources conservation practices do you follow in the farm?
1 – Within the farm there is a protected area that is untouchable because it has water sources in 5.6 hectares.
2 – The 21 hectares plot of land has a low grade of inclination between 2 and 10% so it is almost flat and has no type of water erosion.
What is the secret for winning this competition (describe the preparation process of the competing lot)?
We do a good farm management in order to get an excellent coffee berry and follow all the required norms for a good clean milling process and sun drying the coffee on a cement patio.
I'm satisfied and happy to have positively materialized the effort made in the farm. I have participated in the cup of Excellence since 2006 and most of the times I have entered the competition with the at the international jury level.
|Farmer/Rep.||Jose Esteban Madrid Villanueva|
|Size (30kg boxes)||20|
|Aroma/Flavor||caramel, apricot, chocolate, fresh green pea, cantaloupe, mango, savory herb|
|Coffee Growing Area||2.45 hectares|
|Farm Size||28 hectares|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||1320|
|High bidders||Union Hand Roasted Coffee|