Jairo and Andres Torres are father and son. Jairo Torres bought the El Mirador farm in 2004 and his son Andres started the Terra Nova plot here. The whole family is involved in the management of the “finca”. Andres his wife prepares the food for the workers whilst his brothers take care of maintenance on the farm. His father focusses on washing and drying of the coffee. In the offseason there are 4 employees helping the family out on the farm, but during the harvest season there is work for more than 20 workers. A big plus for Andres and Jairo whilst working with The Coffee Quest are transparent prices. The quest for the family Torres is simple: produce the best quality of coffee to obtain a better income and improve their quality of life.
“When I got a call from Stephen telling me that my coffee quality had improved and that I would get a bonus, I was very happy to receive that news and to see that the company works with transparency and values our work.’’ – Andres Torres
Our two products from El Mirador are the San Agustin lot (CL20040) and the Terra Nova lot (CL20041). The San Augustin lot is the end product of the hard work of the whole Torres family and the Terra Nova lot is a special project from Jairo’s son Andres. San Augustin will give you a cup full of sweet prunes and brown spices for a reasonable price. Terra Nova will give you more acidity and the sweetness of fresh nectarine.
My income has improved and I have been able to improve the drying facilities.’’
– Jairo Torres
Andres and Jairo create awareness among their employees to not dump garbage in the coffee plantations. The coffee cherries are treated in pits before they decompose it. When the decomposition process ends and the husk is dry, it is used to fertilize the crops. The Torres family also separates their waste. Glass and plastic are taken to the collection center located in their village.
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