Antonio Rene Aguilar Lemus inherited La Montanita during the 1980´s from his father, also named Antonio Rene, who had owned the farm for more than 65 years. With a little bit of imagination and a big concern about the quality of the coffee, his father built a wet mill to process the beans into the parchment stage. By purchasing a pulping machine and building fermentation tank with classification canals for a better separation of coffee by type he started the road to excellence.
Antonio has participated in the previous years with other varieties of coffee in the Cup of Excellence program, becoming one of the small producers that promote the benefits of the contest among his neighbors in his department. This farm has always demonstrate it quality in COE, past year 2009, he was ranked 27, In 2006, in 14th, in 2005, he ranked 2nd, in 2004 won 15th place.
Chalatenango department where La Montanita is located is well known for excellent weather conditions allowing the bean to obtain remarkable flavors. It is also a place considered sanctuary of many animal species; therefore, Antonio does not allow hunting on the property. Antonio does not use herbicides and performs weed control manually. He uses organic fertilizers such as chicken manure, coffee pulp and counts on nature for insect control. Antonio and his wife have four daughters and have provided well for them. Although Antonio only finished elementary school, he has always made sure his four daughters stayed in school and continue studying.
|Farm Name||La Montañita|
|Farmer/Rep.||Antonio Rene Aguilar Lemus|
|Size (30kg boxes)||28|
|Program||El Salvador 2006|
|Coffee Growing Area||10.56 hectares|
|Farm Size||17.61 hectares|
|High bidders||Solberg & Hansen AS|