Saul Menor Tayca owns 3 hectares of coffee in the village of San Francisco, Huabal. The farms are between 1925 and 2010masl. In the past all of Saul's farms were planted with caturra, but Saul has since planted 2 hectares of catimor, which had been promoted by the coop he used to be a member of. Since Saul was never paid for quality, he was told catimor would greatly increase his production and income as a result. However, in high altitude areas catimors often don't produce much, since they're much better suited to lower elevation climate, and this is the case at Saul's farm, where his caturra out-produces the catimor.
As a result of this, Saul is converting his catimor back to caturra, and has bought an extra hectare of land with the money gained from quality premiums this year. We bought all of Saul's coffee, but his caturra was cupping at least 2 points higher, and so this lot is just made up of caturra and is his entire production of this variety. Saul was one of the most important producers for Falcon this year, because he was the first to fully commit to investing more money in picking selectively, which had a huge impact on cup quality, and once all of his neighbours saw how much more he was getting paid, almost everyone in the area started to improve their picking and wanted to sell coffee based on cup score, rather than just on defect count which is what most unassociated producers are used to.