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This coffee is produced by Jose Francisco Villeda Torres--known as Panchito--who is one of the founding members of the Capucas Cooperative, one of the most tightly organized co-ops in Central America.
Panchito lives on the Platanares farm which he bought over 25 years ago. In that time, he has more than tripled the size of the farm.
The autonomy of the farm and its journey from being a co-op member to trading directly is a cooperative success story. In 2011, Panchito entered a bag of coffee in the co-op’s competition and won first place. Since then he has grown to producing up to 30 bags a year and slowly built his micro-mill. We have bought his coffee every year since. In 2012, his trees were hit hard by leaf rust, but we committed to paying him a premium so that he could fight the rust and save his farm. His farm has made a full recovery and continues to excel.