Farms:The family own 16 plantations that contribute to the total production at Don Oscar
Closest town:Canet de San Marcos
TotalFarmArea (ha):50, over 16 plantations/farms
Approximate number oft rees planted per hectare:3500-4000
Soil composition:volcanic,sandy & clay
Harvest season: January–March
Harvest peak: February
Approx. annual production(x 69kg bags):1500-2000
Varieties: 80% catuaí, 5% villalobos, 10% catimor, 5% caturra. Currently planting other ‘exotic’varieties (e.g. Gesha, typica)
The family’s history with coffee production
Don Oscar micromill is named after Alejandro’s and Horacio’s late-father Oscar, who passed away very recently. Don Oscar established the beneficio together with his sons in 2013. It was a family project that was important for Don Oscar to complete, even after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer some time ago.
Alejandro and Horacio are fourth generation coffee farmers. They inherited their love for coffee from their father and chose to continue the family tradition. They love both the physical work of tending coffee plants and they enjoy being a part of the production cycle of coffee from seed to parchment.
The brothers’ biggest challenges in producing coffee are rust, climate change (particularlyunpredictable rain patterns) and the costs associated with combating and/or preventing disease (e.g. pesticides & fertilizers).
Future ambitions/plans include building their own dry mill, which has started construction. This has been financed by the brothers themselves from profits from their coffee production these past few harvests.