Silvana has owned La Mesa for 4 years when she acquired the 2.5 ha farm located in La Linda village at an altitude of 1800 masl. The farm is nestled high in the Andes close to the picturesque town of Jardin.
Since taking the farm Silvana has worked hard to improve the infrastructure and improve facilities for the temporary workers during the harvest. Silvan inherited the passion for coffee farming from her father. She has found it a challenge to be the administrator of the farm as a woman but feels each year she is growing in understanding and strength.
The farm has both banana and avocado trees to provide shade and an extra source of income. In total there are about 9600 trees on the farm. They try to work in harmony with the environment by not applying pesticides and using organic matter to fertalize the soil where possible.
During the harvest there are 5 temporary workers who help collect cherry during harvest. Once collected the cherry is floated and then depulped before being dry fermented for 24 hours. After this the coffee is then washed and dried in a parabolic drier for 10-14 days weather depending.