La Peña, Santa Barbara
Lime, Icing Sugar, Dark Chocolate
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About the Producer
Nelson Ramirez is the third generation of coffee producers in his family. When he was 18 years old, he went to study agronomy at university and after graduating, worked for a food industry company. However, he always longed to have and work on a farm of coffee.
In his own words, “In 2007, I knew this region and I loved the potential to produce coffee of good quality. The next year, a friend called me and tell me that a man sold a great property on "El Cielito". I visited the farm and bought it immediately; that year I worked to rejuvenate the plants and started to produce coffee... In 2009, I prepared the first micro-lot, thank Angel Paz of San Vicente Mill, and could sell it as specialty coffee.”
In recent years, Nelson has worked to reduce the amount of waste his production generates. In addition to reusing the water he uses for washing his coffee, he has also built vermicompost facilities where he processes the pulp and part of the wastewater. This is very positive for the environment in the region and incredibly unique. We visited Nelson in May 2023 and saw first-hand how he has developed biodynamic practices to nurture and replenish his farm each harvest.