Farm Profile: Emma Chantre

Emma is 57 and she is married to Juan Bautista Pichica. They have 3 children (Nelson, Javier and Jonny) and two of them help out with the farm work. Emma has been working in coffee for 30 years and the coffee is picked by Emma herself, as well as her family and they try to only pick ripe cherries. Aside from coffee they also produce sugar cane, plantain and yuca, which they use for their own consumption.

Farm: Buena Vista

Area: 3 hectares, of which 2 are planted with coffee, 100% caturra. 7,500 trees

Height: 1,918 masl

Beneficio: Washed, then fermentated 15 to 16 hours

All coffee sun dried on “African” beds

About melanieleeson

A master student at the University of Oslo in Norway, studying the wellbeing of farmers participating in direct trade coffee. Contributor to the Collaborative (communicator/writer of things, making coffee for the guys at KAFFA). Formerly a barista in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Interested in environmental sustainability, social justice, and how the specialty coffee industry can positively influence the lives of coffee farmers through a transparent and thoughtful business model.
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