Carlos Alfredo Estevez is a second generation coffee farmer from the Corquin area of Copan. Carlos' parents cultivated various different crops in their lifetime, from sugar cane to tobacco, riding waves of price fluctuations until they eventually settled on coffee farming, which for their generation was fairly profitable. Carlos and his brothers inherited the small amount of land they had and continued to produce coffee, until recently when his brother changed to cucumber farming. Carlos lost his land some years ago since it wasn't making any money and was just causing the family to take on debt.
Carlos is a trained agronomist and started out with Aruco as a technician, visiting farmers and giving training on farm management. Three years ago when Falcon started the quality uplift project in Honduras, Carlos was appointed as manager of micro-lots and specialty coffee. This has seen him learn about all aspects of coffee quality, covering plant nutrition through to innovative fermentation and drying methods, all in order to coax the most out of the coffee in the area.
Having seen the success of the micro-lot project, Carlos decided to buy new land and start farming coffee again. He found land in the higher lands in the area, all above 1450masl, where coffee quality is higher. Carlos grows caturra, lempira, parainema and Ihcafe 90, some of which was recently planted and some was already growing when he bought the land.
This coffee was macerated for 90h before being dried on raised beds in the Aruco wet mill area for around 35 days. The maceration process was deployed to enhance the parainema's acidity and to bring out more tropical fruit notes.