Lilian Marlen Argueta Ventura has a 4 acre farm called Los Almendros in the community of La Tejera where she lives. In prior years, Marlen has sold her family's coffee in cherry to the local middleman.
For the last three year she has been working with Catracha Coffee. During this time she has improved farm management practices using lime to control the pH of the soil, fertilizing with organic compost, and spraying organic fungicides to control levels of leaf rust. These actions have improved the health of her farm and the quality of his coffee production.
Marlen has also learned to process coffee using her own micro-mill so that she can depulp, ferment, and dry coffee before delivering it to Catracha Coffee. Marlen follows a strict processing protocol, which includes hand sorting to remove under-ripe cherries and floating cherries to remove damaged and less dense beans. She also allows cherries to ferment slightly in the cool night air on raised beds before depulping the next day. Depulped coffee is dry-fermented in a wooden box for 20 hours and then placed on a shade cloth to dry in the sun with the mucilage still attached to the seeds.
The resulting honey processed coffee has the same clean crisp acidity as a washed coffee, and with the honey process, an additional fruit forward aroma and flavor. The process also lets Marlen skip the washing stage and significantly reduce water consumption. Marlen’s farm has several different kinds of shade trees including Diphysa Americana (Guachipilin), Sweet Gum, (Liquidambar), Inga (Guajiniquil), and Almendros (Almond) for which the farm is named. The farm also has a number of fruit-bearing trees including several varieties of bananas, avocado, and mango trees.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, group activities have been suspended but women continue to make crafts and also masks to earn extra income. Artists have been visiting homes to paint small works of art on windows and doors. They have also been painting stools and selling them for extra income. Many families are also starting family gardens and trading seeds to diversify their harvest.
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