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Farm: LA LAGUNA
Producer: LUIS EMILIO VALLADAREZ ZELAYA
Importer: PROJECT ORIGIN
ABOUT THE FARM
Luis Emilio Valladarez Zelaya first began producing coffee in 1960, inheriting his first farm and purchasing an additional 14 ha soon afterwards. In 1979, Luis and his family began processing their own coffee, under the business name ‘Cafetalera Buenos Aires’. This business oversees all their farms, coffee production and processing, including this natural Caturra from La Laguna.
In 2012, Luis identified the potential quality of the coffee at this site of the future La Laguna farm. Taking advantage of the micro climate and surrounding area he purchased the land with the intention of producing high quality Caturra and other varietals.
This farm has received two awards in the final round of the Cup of
Excellence program, the world’s most renowned coffee auctiion program.
This natural processed Caturra lot is picked at 18°-20° brix to ensure the optimal sweetness and maturation of the cherries. Next, the cherries are classified before being dried for four days under shade on African beds. The shade cover is carefully monitored and measured allowing 73% direct sunlight through, which dries the
cherries slowly and retains sufficient moisture to keep the drying even. After this period the coffee is exposed to the sun for 18-20 days.