Leticia Lopez Hutchins | Finca La Unica
CCR FAMILY FARM
In early 2018, Leticia bought Finca La Unica (previously unnamed). The property consists of 75 acres of wild coffee. She bought the farm with the vision of keeping the property "wild" and harvesting micro lots of coffee that grow harmoniously with the indigenous elements of the area. Knowing how women are underrepresented in farming within the coffee industry, Leticia is striving to break the mold by owning her own farm and being in charge of the coffee from seed to cup.
Leticia handpicked the seeds that are being planted in new micro lots, keeping in mind how the beans will then be processed, roasted, and brewed. With this in mind, she is able to monitor the coffee from seed to cup.
With sustainability and amazing coffee in mind, Leticia brought 25 wild bee hives to Finca La Unica. The bees have pollenated the trees beautifully and shown promise that the upcoming harvest will be the best one yet.
Finca La Unica's story is just beginning and Leticia has so many ideas on how to create amazing coffee! Leticia has already started experimenting with different processing methods such as natural, honey, and fermentation.
Al Lopez | Finca Terrerito
CCR FAMILY FARM
"Improving Lives, Sustainable Farming, Extraordinary Coffee"
In 2001, Al purchased Finca Terrerito (aka Finca T), 157 acres of undeveloped land, from his mom that had been in his family for generations. His ancestors never developed the land and had left it "wild".
In 2010, after serving in the U.S. army (11 Bravo Infantry) and having a successful corporate career in the US, Al began to develop some of the land at Finca T, making him a 4th generation coffee farmer. Al started planting coffee as a way to give back and provide positive career paths to the community that he grew up in.
Currently, Finca T is a model farm in Corquin, Copan, Honduras that is fighting to bring fair trade to farming. Finca T is a completely sustainable coffee farm with state of the art facilities and equipment such as; sleeping quarters for 250+ workers, tilapia pond, fruit/vegetable farm, wild honey bees, a 400ft deep water well, electricity, wet processing center, ambulance, and much more!
Al is on a mission to innovate and revolutionize the coffee industry and we could not be more proud to have him as one of our founders here at CCR.
Marvin Ely Lopez Molina | Finca Fer
Marvin (right) & his wife Sobeyda (left) are both 3rd generation coffee farmers. As a kid, Marvin would help his grandfather work at coffee farms but it was not until his own father purchased a piece of land to start his own coffee farm that Marvin began to see coffee as a future career path.
Seeing Marvin's interest in coffee, Marvin's father gifted him with 2 manzanas (about 5 acres) of land to start his own coffee farm. Marvin immediately fell in love with the process and for the next few years continued to buy more land and farm it for coffee. Although he had attained a lot of experience through practice, Marvin decided to go to school and study agriculture in order to further perfect his craft.
Today, Marvin and Sobeyda focus on farming specialty coffee and bringing out the best in what their seedlings have to offer. Their passion comes from coffee but continues to be fueled by the impact it has on their community by offering new jobs and mentoring young kids who want to go into the industry as well.
Long term, Marvin would like to see the industry become more sustainable. Currently, he has had to diversify his crop because coffee alone does not allow him to support his family. He has planted plantains and opened up land to farm animals so that he can have multiple sources of income with green bean coffee prices being so low. Seeing his son, Fernando's (center) interest in coffee excites yet scares Marvin. With prices being so volatile at the moment he does not know what a future in coffee would look like for his son.
With CCR's adoption of Finca Fer, we have promised to not only pay Marvin a fair price for his high quality bean but also showcase his coffee in a way that represents all of the years of hard work him and his family have put into it.
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