Nehmias Flores owns a small one hectare coffee farm in the village of El Diamante in San Jose de Lourdes. Nehmias and his brothers all own coffee farms and pool their resources to manage their farms together, and share their wet mill. Nemias has mostly caturra, with some catimor, which he picks and processes separately.
San Jose de Lourdes belongs to the province of San Ignacio, but unlike Chirinos and La Coipa, which have had huge investment in roads and infrastructure, it is still very isolated and under-developed. In order to get to the coffee growing communities in San Jose de Lourdes, you have to cross a river in a small boat, which greatly complicates logistics for coffee producers, not to mention greatly increases the transport costs. This isolation means that coffee producers are somewhat trapped, selling to local buyers who pay below the market price, and having little or nothing to invest in the farms. The result of this is dwindling production which then leads to promotion of catimors and less focus on selective picking and an overall reduction in quality.
Despite the challenges, the coffee in San Jose de Lourdes can be spectacular, the villages of El Diamante and Nuevo Trujillo are two of the best, both sit between 1700 and 2000masl with relatively distinct micro-climates, much colder and wetter than anywhere else, which contributes to a very citric and stone fruit driven cup profile.