Finca Los Eucaliptos is located in Palanda, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, and is managed by Felipe Luzon, a second-generation coffee grower. The farm consists of 6 hectares of land, sits at an elevation of 1,600 m.a.s.l, and has around 18,000 coffee trees in production: mainly Typica Mejorado, Nestle F1, and traditional Typica (Criollo).
This Typica Mejorado lot begins its process by hand-picking the ripest cherries, floating them, and washing them with clean water. After rinsing, the coffee is de-pulped and left to ferment in sacks for upwards of 60 hours (though Felipe has been experimenting with varying hours of fermentation, with some lots reaching 90+ hours!). The coffee is then dried in a greenhouse structure for between 15-20 days, depending on the weather.
Thanks to his parents, Felipe has always been passionate about coffee. He planted his first trees when he was 8 and harvested his first cherries when he was 12. Coffee has been a crop that has consistently generated income for his family and for that reason, he takes great care and pride in his production.
Approximately 5 years ago, he joined “Recambio Generacional”, a project promoted by an association of producers that he belongs to in the region. The project was designed to incentivize younger producers to plant more coffee. Within this project, he received the first 7,000 seedlings of Typica Mejorado. Seeing results in the first trees, he then planted an additional 7,000 trees.
In addition to all of the above, Felipe hopes to grow the farm and plant an additional 4,000 trees of Typica Mejorado this year. 2023 will mark our third year working with Felipe and we are extremely excited to continue this relationship!
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