Cafe de Cordillera HistoryZenovia Charca de Huayhua is 35 years old and the mother of three children. She arrived in Alto Beni from Achacachi in the Bolivian high lands (the altiplano) with her parents when she was 10 years old. She is married to Luis Huayhua, a coffee producer for over 20 years. Zenovia learned about coffee production as a child, while working alongside her parents, but she had never processed coffee. For this reason, de-pulping, fermenting, washing and drying her coffee to participate in the competition presented a challenge for her. Nevertheless, she met this challenge working with her children and with the advice her husband gave her when he arrived from La Paz at the plantation on the weekends. To participate in the 2008 Cup of Excellence, she worked from 3 in morning and didnt get to sleep until 11 at night. Her children helped her after school, taking on their homework after nightfall. Faced with so much work, there were moments when she wanted to stop. She tells us, it was really hard. I was tired and I thought that everything I did wasnt worth the trouble, that I couldnt win because the other men producers were working on their coffee. I only did what my husband told me, but Im really happy now, and really proud. My children will also be happy when they hear that we won. The winner doesnt yet know how much her coffee will sell for in the international market, but she is already dreaming about what she will do with the money. The first thing she will do is renew her coffee plants and improve her production. The second is fulfill the dream of her oldest daughter, Elizabeth, who wants to learn to speak English and study accounting when she graduates from high school.
Organic compost from the discarded coffee pulp, the use of organic barriers, soil protection.
Soil Type: Clay Loam
Annual precipitation: 1600 mm/year Shade Type: Inga edulis sp – Citric Weed Control: Sanitary and formative Pruning: Sanitary and formative Productive practices: Organic compost from the discarded coffee pulp, the use of organic barriers, soil protection
|Farm Name||Café de Cordillera|
|Farmer/Rep.||Zenovia R. Charca de Huayhua|
|Size (30kg boxes)||18|
|City||San Lorenzo County|
|Region||Province of Caranavi|
|Processing system||Centralized Processing|
|Variety||Criollo 20% Caturra 80%|
|Coffee Growing Area||5|
|High bidders||Maruyama Coffee for Mikatajuku group, Honey Coffee, Adati Coffee and Orsir Coffee|