Loja specialty coffee is sustainably grown by small-scale farmers in the provinces of Loja and Zamora, Ecuador. Farmers grow arabica (Typica, Caturra, Bourbon) coffee in land slopes of the highlands jointly with other local plant species to provide shade, allowing the conservation of plant and animal species, and helping reduce erosion. Small-scale farmers have been cultivating arabica coffee varieties in these provinces for more than 50 years.
Our coffee is hand-picked and selected to deliver a velvety, chocolatey, medium acidity, sweet flavor profile.
Buying specialty coffee from HARVEC allows to directly support small-scale farmers through our sustainability fund. HARVEC and coffee partners deploy the implementation of sustainable farming practices:
a. Plant more local tree and plant species
b. Produce organic fertilizer from coffee waste.
c. Implement water recycling/reduction practices
d. Improve irrigation systems
e. Improve harvest, post-harvest (fermentation and drying practices)
Our coffee has the honey benefit that consist in partially removing the pulp from the coffee fruit and the remaining is left in the bean for fermentation. The coffee beans are dried, threshed, and carefully selected by hand.
Felipe is a young coffee farmer and is married and has two kids. His farm is called San Antonio and he and his wife farm the coffee and conduct the post-harvest practices. His farm has 4 ha, of which 2 ha are dedicated to coffee farming.
Manuel is a young coffee farmer and his farm is called Aromaz. He inherited from his father the passion for coffee farming. His wife helps him with the farming and post-harvest practices. His farm has 5 ha, of which 2 are dedicated to coffee farming.
German and his wife farm their 4-ha coffee farm. His farm is called San Francisco and they conduct the farming and post-harvest practices of coffee.
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