Finca El Cedro: 5 Years In The Making

Finca El Cedro: 5 Years in the Making | Help bring Single Origin coffee to a mug near you

MY STORY:
I was raised in a family that made their living from coffee, and nothing frustrated me more than watching them continually get stuck in the producing stage all their lives, so when I started my own coffee farm, I thought long and hard about how to break out of the same routine. My family lives in San Jose De Oriente Santa Barbara Honduras, where I was born and raised. This village consists of small coffee producers that often times have to use all of their resources just to buy a plot of land. They are generally happy with ½, ¾ or 1 manzana (1 manzana = 0.77 hectare), where they cultivate corn, beans, vegetables and Arabica coffee. It’s not easy for these local farmers to wait 3 years for a producing crop of Arabica coffee, only to sell harvest at a minimal price. These farmers can’t even pay for related plant nutrition and maintenance based on the measly earnings received from the coffee broker.

My whole life I have dreamed of having a coffee farm so that I can work close to nature, save and protect the fauna, save, protect and repopulate the forest, and create a place to demonstrate that coffee can be grown in the forest without deforesting it. I did not cut down any old trees to make way for coffee plants; instead, I planted underneath the big old trees. My number one priority is to produce a specialty, high quality coffee while saving and protecting the environment. Currently my focus on this farm is to introduce coffee farmers to a new coffee era where their regular bean can be transformed into a specialty bean by following some strict quality control guidelines. It won’t be an easy task to break the local farmers’ habits of coffee processing, but I’m confident that it can be done and convinced that the rewards will be greater if they adhere to certain guidelines.

LOCAL COFFEE FARMERS’ CUSTOMS:
I know everyone in this village and they also know me well. So far there is not one coffee farmer processing specialty coffee. On rare occasions they dry the coffee beans(dry parchment) in concrete patios before they sell them at the local coffee broker and the majority of the farmers sell their coffee parchment humid the following day after it was just washed. Farmers lose a lot from their total net weight of their selling lot because of having to compensate for the ratio of wet coffee to dry parchment coffee. Dry parchment green coffee needs to be in the range of 12% to 14% humidity, but when the coffee its sold humid at around 80% humidity the difference in the humidity percentages gets deducted, leaving a small, hard earned profit to the farmer. There are a lot of drying concrete patios in this village but it looks like they were used at some point in the past and now they are not being used at all. I have never mentioned these issues to locals, but now I’m more prepared and ready to approach the processing stages with them so they can yield better earnings. I will start approaching them and introduce them to specialty coffee, their process and the possibilities to earn more income by following a stricter coffee processing method. This village has a lot of potential for their coffee because of the altitude which ranges from 1200 to 1700 meters above sea level. This village also has a very lush tropical environment in every direction, making it an ideal setting for highly sought after specialty coffee.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED TO BE USED FOR 2017/2018 HARVEST

Coffee mill structure, wet process needed materials:
The coffee mill will consist of a rough looking structure that is very solid and stable.

Estimated size of the coffee mill: 15’ x 20’ or 10’ x 20’ with either 5” x 5” or 6” x 6” wooden posts (or I will work with locals farmers to see if we can make our own molds to make concrete posts)

The roof frame will have a mix of true 2” x 4” x 12’ length and  2” x 6” x 12’ length.
The roof cover will have corrugated galvanized sheets sized 36” x 12’ or  36” x 16’
The floor will consist of a mixture of sand, gravel and cement with a few sewage outlets

           
Raised beds: 6 raised beds 5’ wide x 50’ long each needed materials:
These structures will consist of:
4” x 4” vertical wood post for corners and in between at approximately 5 feet apart from each other
2” x 4” horizontal or supporting studs that will lay on top of the frame to lay the structure for the galvanized wire
galvanized wire for mesh support
staples and nails
UV protected plastic mesh
 

Solar dryers (greenhouse) needed materials
greenhouse will accommodate 2 raised bed structures   
3″ nails

3/4″ x 20’ pvc pipe

pita fiber cord 500′ per roll

door hinges

greenhouse plastic film 30′ x 100′ segments

 

EQUIPMENT OR MACHINERY ALREADY AT THE FARM
heavy duty coffee machine ,4 depulped coffee output
22 horse power, twin piston diesel engine
 

 

MY GOAL
To have the infrastructure needed to process Arabica Specialty Coffee from beginning to end, and to use the same infrastructure as a pilot model to teach other local farmers how to produce and process their own Arabica Specialty Coffee.

 

I WILL REACH OUT TO LOCAL FARMERS TO:
Introduce and educate farmers on how to produce specialty coffee
Participate in hands-on training at Finca El Cedro coffee farm
Provide a basic review of SCAA green coffee guidelines
Introduce farmers to third wave coffee
Show them the need for sustainable coffee growing practices and how these practices can help save and protect the local and global environment
Identify potential buyers for their higher-quality Arabica Coffee
 

WHAT I NEED TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL:
To accomplish my goal, I need your kind support for this cause. I invested all the money I had for the last 5 years and I haven’t finish the project; however, the project is at the last stage and all that is needed for completion is a coffee mill, drying raised beds and solar dryers (aka greenhouse). Your unconditional support will be greatly appreciated. To be able to introduce the locals to processing methods for their coffee so they can earn more money. The coffee mill, drying raised beds and drying solar house will be the beginning of a journey that brings hands-on equipment to local farmers interested in learning how to process specialty coffee and helps them to master new skills. This needs a lot of commitment from local coffee farmers, supporters and myself, and all I can promise you is that I will do my best to help them achieve the intended goal. my financial goal its 7,000 dollars (US) which would be enough to complete the mentioned infrastructure…all Supporters who help us meet this $7000 goal will have priority for requesting bulk coffee purchase from these local farmers.

 

 

FINCA EL CEDRO SUPPORTER PERK INFO:
All levels would be appreciated from $1 up to $5,000 or any other amount that you consider will help achieve this goal

$1 support, you will get one entry for a chance to win 16 oz. bag of specialty coffee directly from Finca El Cedro, The coffee will be graded as specialty coffee due to the single origin, altitude and high level of quality control specified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). I personally will follow up on the quality control of your single origin coffee per your support.

$5 support, you will get two entries for a chance to win a 16 oz. bag of specialty coffee directly from Finca El Cedro, The coffee will be graded as specialty coffee due to the single origin, altitude and high level of quality control specified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). I personally will follow up on the quality control of your single origin coffee per your support.

$25 support, you will get one 16 oz. bag of single origin reserved coffee directly from Finca El Cedro, The coffee will be graded as specialty coffee due to the single origin, altitude and high level of quality control specified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). I personally will follow up on the quality control of your single origin coffee per your support. Also, you will get an entry to win 16 oz. of Single Origin Reserved Coffee.

$50 support, you will get one 36 oz. bag or three 12 oz. bags of single origin reserved coffee directly from Finca El Cedro, The coffee will be graded as specialty coffee due to the single origin, altitude and high level of quality control specified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). I personally will follow up on the quality control of your single origin coffee per your support. Also, you will get an entry to win 16 oz. of Single Origin Reserved Coffee.

$100 support, you will get one 60 oz. bag of single origin reserved coffee directly from Finca El Cedro, once a month for 5 months, The coffee will be graded as specialty coffee due to the single origin, altitude and high level of quality control specified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). I personally will follow up on the quality control of your single origin coffee per your support. Also, you will get an entry to win 32 oz. of Single Origin Reserved Coffee.

$500 support, you will get one 12 lb. bag of single origin reserved coffee directly from Finca El Cedro, 1 lb a month for 12 months or the whole 12 lb at once, The coffee will be graded as specialty coffee due to the single origin, altitude and high level of quality control specified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). Also your name will be placed in a plaque at the coffee mill showing gratitude for your support.  I personally will follow up on the quality control of your single origin coffee per your support. More added, you will get an entry to win 5 Lb. of Single Origin Reserved Coffee.

$1,000 support, you will get one 16 oz. bag of specialty coffee directly from Finca El Cedro, once a month for 12 months, The coffee will be graded as specialty coffee due to the single origin, altitude and high level of quality control specified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). I personally will follow up on the quality control of your single origin coffee per your support. Also you are invited to visit Finca El Cedro and the village coffee farms here in Santa Barbara. I will personally host you when visiting the village coffee farms and I’ll have the honor to be your guide for 2 weeks or more if you wish. And if you like challenges, I will be in Honduras this coming September 2017 working in this project until I finish the infrastructure, so if you want to live the life of a farmer be my guest, I can totally let you be a coffee farmer and interact with this humble community. For more info on this, contact me.

 

$5,000 support, you will get one 16 oz. bag of specialty coffee directly from Finca El Cedro, once a month for 12 months, The coffee will be graded as specialty coffee due to the single origin, altitude and high level of quality control specified by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). I personally will follow up on the quality control of your single origin coffee per your support. Also you are invited to visit Finca El Cedro and the village coffee farms. I will personally host you when visiting this village coffee farms and I’ll have the honor to be your guide for 2 weeks or more if you wish. And if you like challenges, I will be in Honduras this coming September 2017 working in this project until I finish the infrastructure so if you want to live the life of a farmer be my guest, lets do it next to each other.  I can totally let you be a coffee farmer and interact with this humble community. Also, you will have the permission to use the farm and its beautiful forest for any kind of research, study, photo shoot or you name it, all yours to do your own project within the farm, for more info on this, contact me.

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