In agriculture, everything moves in cycles.
Now with rainy season approaching full flow, our coffee farming team in Boquete, Panama is getting ready to plant another 107,280 saplings throughout our network of 12 specialty coffee farms!
The majority of these saplings (79,992 to be exact) will go into the “raw land” farms in the Jaramillo region with the balance going into the already planted farms as part of a steady crop rotation, regeneration and strategic farm management program.
A critical part of the planting process is the nursery.
In our formative years we acquired saplings from trusted, local providers.
Then, over the years we developed our own on-site proprietary nursery, on Finca Cuatro Caminos, which was home to 80,000 saplings last year!
This year, in the next stage of our continuous development, we have created satellite nurseries in the Jaramillo and Horqueta regions. This allows us to grow the saplings in the same micro-climate in which they will be planted and cuts down the transportation between farms.
Apart from the financial cost of moving the saplings, we also reduce the risk of our “babies” being damaged during transportation from farm to farm on bumpy mountain roads.
And, this year we also implemented a whole new environmentally friendly, bio-degradable nursery system that you can read about in or recent report “Implementing New Technology in our Coffee Nursery”
Our Team has to analyze first, the market. What are the most in-demand and consistently required varietals in the market today?
And, what will be the most in-demand varietals in 3 to 5 years from now, when the new farms reach production.
Then, what are the varietals that are best suited to the micro-climates and growing conditions, specific to our farms?
Where those circles overlap is our chosen few! These consist of Caturra, Catuai, Typica, Bourbon, Pacamara, Pache, Harar and the world-famous Geisha.
Each farm has been evaluated and a planting system has been engineered to plant micro-lots of these varietals in the optimal location on each farm.
If you acquired a coffee farm parcel in the last 2 years, then this Jaramillo region is where your very own piece of a high-altitude specialty coffee farm is located!
The altitude on these farms in Jaramillo ranges from 1,600 to 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) above sea-level. (The highest in our portfolio)
In specialty coffee there is a direct correlation between Altitude and Quality.
The higher the Altitude = the better the Quality.
So, we are really excited about the coffee that will come from these farms.
As the saying goes.. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today!”
We congratulate all 400+ of our existing parcel owners for having the foresight to add specialty coffee farmland to their portfolio over the last 6 years.
If you wish to join them and participate in the future success of these high-altitude specialty coffee farms, reserve your parcel, today!