NAME AND LOCATION OF THE FARM:
Farm Los Altos, is located in the city of Matagalpa to 34 kilometers from the provincial capital, in the community of Los Altos de Aranjuez on the Coffee Route.
TELL US THE FARM HISTORY:
The farm has belonged to Palta Society for 5 years. It has an area of 234 manzanas of land*, from which 139 are planted with high quality coffee. Of the total planted 88 manzanas of land are in production stage and 51 manzanas of land under development. Currently produced 1,630 QQ of coffee. The varieties produced are Paca, Catuaí and Caturra.
The property was acquired five years ago and is part of the group of Fincas Mierisch. Noteworthy that Mierisch McEwan Family, produces coffee since 1908, process and export coffee to USA, Europe, Asia and Oceania. In addition to the care of the family (father and four children that work in the farm), The farm generates 35 permanent jobs and 130 temporary jobs. Our family is very innovative and we have the most experience processes in Nicaragua to Washed, Pulped and Natural coffee.
WHICH IS YOUR SECRET FOR WINNING THE COMPETITION?
Our experience in the Coffee, a good job in the agronomic management of the farm, which includes a good environment for our workers. Equally good dry milling process and excellent quality control for lot identification.
We have good sources of water and manage plantations so friendly to the environment.
HOW DO YOU FEEL OF BEEN ONE OF THE WINNERS?
It is a great honor for our family and why not say, of Coffee and Nicaragua n Matagalpa too. It is also a big commitment for us to continue participating in upcoming events. We identify the best lots of farms and will submit them with the same care, with the objective of showing the quality of the coffee we produce
IN WHAT YOU WILL BE INVESTING PROFIT TO BE OBTAINED FROM ELECTRONIC AUCTION?
We expect to invest the profits in the agronomic management of the farm in order to increase productivity and quality of coffee. Also we will allocate part of the profits in improving camps, infrastructure for water resources conservation, etc.
HAVE YOU PARTICIPATED IN THE COMPETITION BEFORE? HAVE YOU WON PREVIOUSLY?
Finca Los Altos not, however our family has other farms which did take part and we have been winning.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CUP OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM?
Cup of Excellence is an event that allows to present the quality of the coffees of the countries where it is performed. Nicaragua is a country where we have been lucky enough to carry out the event for over a decade and the only year that was not made in 2013 due to the effects of rust. It is also important to mention that the event has encouraged the producers, but especially the smallest ones, who mostly do not have the opportunity to sell their coffee directly abroad. The event allowed to change the lives of many farmers and their families.
*1 Manzana of Land = 0.7050 Hectare
|Farm Name||Los Altos|
|Farmer/Rep.||Palta, S.A (Fincas Mierisch)|
|Size (30kg boxes)||24|
|Aroma/Flavor||Strawberry, black cherry cranberry, melon, toffee, molasses, gum drops|
|Acidity||Lemon peel, raspberry, clear acidity, orange, vibrant, brilliant|
|Other||Very sweet, very balanced, complex sugars|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||1567|
|High bidders||Campos Coffee|