Costa Rica El Cipres

El Cipres is located in the region of Tarrazú and belongs to Jesus Mora Camacho and Adelina Camacho Portugues. The farm has belonged to the Camacho Portugues family since 1939. When the family Camacho moved into the region, they were one of the first to establish themselves in Llano Bonito de Leon Cortes. In a samll amount of time they dedicated their lives to the agricultural practices of coffee and livestock. The legacy of their family has continued to be carried through the generations and their goal now is to perpetuate the practices of high-end specialty coffee.
El Cipres has a diverse range of plant and crop life, they are providing shade for the coffee trees by growing Orange, Avocado, Banana, Plantain, Poro, Cedar and Indian Cane next to them. By that the coffee cherries need more time to get ripe and it gives a better taste, it also gives a varied agriculture for the soil. The native birds of the region finds both shelter and fruits to eat in the farm. El Cipres is constantly
implementing better practices such as regulated shade, controlling weeds and
applications of fertilizers in a sustainable manner.
The family Camacho process their coffee at Beneficio AFAORCA (The Association of Organic Families of the Caraigres Hills), an organisation based in the Tarrazú Valley. AFAORCA was founded in 1996 with the aim of improving the production, processing, marketing and legislation of organic coffee. Their overarching goal is to improve the livelihoods of the families involved. They offer employment to producers in the
off-season at their local café in Tarbaca, and provide organic education for the general public.