The name of the farm comes from the fact that it is located between three small villages called “Las Marias”.The farm is connected to a well maintained road system, has rooms for the people that harvest the coffee and has it own power generator in order to assure that any activity will not be interrupted due to electricity problems. Mr. Enamorado is a pioneer of the coffee in Honduras , he began planting coffee when he was 16 years old in the farm that inherited from his father. With dedication he was improving his yield year after year, getting knowledge from technical magazines. In those times there were not roads so he transported his coffee in mules. Due to his well known coffee farmer reputation the honduran coffee office sent him abroad to lear about new technologies for coffee. When he came back applied what he learned and improved considerably his yield, therefore more people were hired and also learned from the new techniques Mr. Enamorado brought to Honduras . Nowadays these people that used to work in the farm of Mr. Enamorado have their own farm and are fruit of the knowledge Mr enamorado transmitted to all of them. in 1957 he was among those who found the first coffee cooperative of Honduras and 10 years later he was the president of this organization. Under his mandate many coffee growers joined the cooperative and exported more than 2,265 Tons of Coffee. He also built one of the first road system to connect many coffee farms. During his life Mr. Enamorado has been involved in many activities for the benefit of this community, for instance building of schools, churches, roads, electricity networks, hospitals etc. Mr. Enamorado has always been a canal of technology transfer to many coffee farmers of his region. Several coffee institutions have performed scientific essays in his land to validate technologies. He had been awarded with many prizes from universities and government institutions and nowadays Mr. Enamorado is one of the best coffee farmers of Honduras . Quality Practices The coffee is processed under traditional methods using his own miller, it is dry using mesh grilled and plastic infrastructure and a cement platform located in the farm.
To protect the environment Mr Enamorado has built some ponds to treat the waste water. The pulp is treated with earthworm to produce organic fertilizer. Besides one quarter of the farm is entirely dedicated to forest in which a great diversity of species can be found. Chemical pesticides are not used. Fertilization Fertilization is done with bio-fertilizer coming from treating the Coffee pulp with the Californian earthworm ( Eisenia foetida). Twice at year supplements of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium are applied. Disease and Pest Control For pest control cultural practices and biological components are used. No chemical pesticides are applied. Harvesting Handpicking of ripe grains of Coffee begins in January and finish in April. This task is performed by skillful men and woman. Pulping and Fermentation Mr. Enamorado has a well suited infrastructure, an ecological wet mill in which he can process more than 16,000 bags of 69 kg. There are fermentation tanks an a pulping machine. In the classification canals he separates the high and medium quality coffee.
Annual Production: 1,280 bags
Soil type: Silt Clay
Annual precipitation: 1,500 mm
Shade Trees Species: Guama, Guajiniquel, wood species and Musaceas
Water Source: Natural water sources from the farm
Number of Permanent Employees: 5
Number of Temporary Employees: 40 – 50
|Farm Name||Las Marias|
|Farmer/Rep.||Jose Virgilio Enamorado Pineda|
|Size (30kg boxes)||15|
|Processing system||Wet Process|
|Coffee Growing Area||72|
|High bidders||Bontain Coffee co.,ltd.|