The coffee breeding is performed under the traditional methods of pruning to renew the tissue and to maintain the adequate production. In order to achieve good breeding we use dripping watering techniques and monthly controls of the nutrition index.
We also perform several fertilizations using compost or organic manure that comes from the decomposition of the pulp.
All of the farm´s coffee grows under the shadow of Gravilea and Inga trees; we have 322 shadow trees for each hectare in the farm. This environment assures optimal conditions to achieve high quality harvests.
The conservation of the ecosystem and the suitable maintenance of the shadow trees are key to guarantee the best quality of coffee breeding, this it helps to establish an optimal environment and protects the quality of the soil and vegetation, which in turn promote the growth of coffee beans with superior quality.
Problems of plagues, diseases and weeds are not alien to the coffee plantations. Plagues like the Bronca Del Café, are monitored and controlled with traps. Posterior practices to the harvest, such as picking up of the coffee cherry remnants in the fields, also help to control it.
We have continuous supervisions and controls to locate the emerging focal points or outbreaks of diseases like Roya. Only authorized products will be applied to disease control. The products that we use do not represent any health risk to the employees nor the wildlife in the farm.
Weeds have not been a source of concern in the farm and their scare presence has not represented any damage or risk to the crops. For weed control, we use non-chemical practices, such as the mechanical cutter. The density of the shadow trees helps to decrease the growth of weed.