A medium roast coffee with a well-rounded, buttery body and deep notes of nut and cocoa.
Pedro, 54, lives in the village of Gualciras. He walks farther up the mountain to the village of Planes do la Zona to pick his coffee. He has four sons and one daughter. He is a member of Aldea Development's microloan program and has worked greatly over the past few years to improve picking and processing techniques.Pedro’s family has a long tradition of coffee production in Gualciras. His father was the first to harvest coffee in the area, and Pedro grew up farming coffee alongside his dad and extended family for more than 30 years. Upon reaching adulthood, Pedro was given a field by his Dad and named it “Matazano.”
Since he was a child much has changed about coffee production. Pedro says it used to be easier to care for the field: they did not have to worry about bugs or disease or weather-related problems. Now. it has become a much more difficult business. Pedro has to invest more time and money into the care of his coffee farm to ensure a full harvest. A constant struggle for coffee producers is getting good prices for their coffee harvest, which is why Pedro was pleased to sell 1,000 lbs of coffee to Aldea Development this year. Aldea offered him much better prices for his harvest than the local intermediaries.
Pedro has been able to expand his farm to nearly 10 acres where he grows coffee, beans, and corn. The beans and corn are used to feed the family, while the coffee provides income. On the five productive coffee acres, Pedro grows Lempira and Catimor coffee varietals, harvesting nearly 5,000 lbs of coffee annually. With the profit he receives from selling his coffee to Aldea, Pedro hopes to expand cultivation to the other 5 acres of his farm.
Pedro was paid $2.22 per pound, 58% above fair trade for his coffee.