Jose Armando Portillo has been growing coffee for 25 years now, he bought Cerro Negro 4 years ago together with his mother and one brother while the coffee prices were low, this was an already established farm with 15 years old tree average, it was neglected by the previous owner but that didnt stop the Portillo Peraza family. They started doing weed control, shade pruning and also working coffee vegetative tissue with appreciate pruning. Jose fertilizes with chicken manure and urea, applying chemicals fertilizers (formula) after soil analysis, if required.
At Cerro Negro, Jose employs 2 permanent workers and 30 people during harvest, he pays 30% more to his pickers, and hes convinced that his good relationship with them allowed him to be successful this year. They collaborated a lot he added. He is very grateful with his father, as he taught him to love and respect hard work by giving him many responsibilities but also by always recognize his work with proper payment and encouragement. My father always paid me, even if I was his son this was something that many others did not understand back then but at the end, Jose was marked for life. His favorite phrase is If you wish to succeed, you will have to sweat your t-shirt.Joses enthusiasm can be read in his eyes, he is already making plans for next year, including: to invest in his depulper (wet mill), maintain farm roads, to keep growing Pacamara while generating more jobs in the area, but the most important is to provide a better future to his wife and his three kids. He hopes to get rewarded for his effort and he thinks that the transparency given by this event is important to get recognition for his beloved Chalatenango as a top coffee quality producer. We have been growing coffee for many years now, it is great that finally we are getting the recognition we deserve.Cerro Negro farm is a first timer at COE events, Jose got convinced to participate by his neighbor Antonio Aguilar where he processed his Pacamara. He decided to participate and harvest during two days the participant lot, he thought this farm had conditions to win but he accepts that he was very nervous during the award ceremony. They were calling 5th place and we were all getting anxious (referring to Raul Ochoa and Jose Montiel) but then it was our time to shine and he was right they even got a presidential award.
Coffee varieties: Bourbón, Pacas, Catuai, Pacamara
Type of Shade: Ingas, Cuje, Pine, Liquidambar, Madre Cacao, etc.
Average Annual Rainfall: 2,100 mm
Average Temperature: 15º C
Type of Soil: Clay loam
Annual Production: (60kg) 55 bags
Mill and company where lot was process: Rene Antonio Aguilars Parchment Mill
Fauna: Deer, Armadillos, Cotuza, raccoons, snakes, insects, owls, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, etc.
Latitude: N 14º 16 45.0
Longitude: W 89º 07 32.8
|Farm Name||Cerro Negro|
|Farmer/Rep.||Jose Armando Portillo Peraza|
|Size (30kg boxes)||13|
|Program||El Salvador 2007|
|Processing system||Washed , Sun, dried|
|Coffee Growing Area||2.1|
|High bidders||Maruyama Coffee for Mikatajuku group, Uchida Coffee, Sugi Coffee Roasting Inc., Orsir Coffee|