Coffee has been part of Dagoberto’s life as long as he can remember. His parents used to produce coffee, and he’s says he’s always been surrounded by coffee trees.
When he decided to strike out on his own as a coffee grower, he took all his hard-earned savings to purchase the piece of land where he still lives and produces coffee today, with his wife Yaneth.
They named the farm Los Cristales after the crystal-clear stream of water that passes through the farm. Dagoberto and Yaneth started producing specialty coffee in 2014 and since then, they’ve been careful with their process to keep improving the quality of their crop.
He is always willing to pay more money to his workers for them to do a good job and pay great attention when harvesting to only collect consistently ripe cherries.
“I’ve seen lots of changes in my life since I started to produce specialty coffee, especially in the economic aspect, and also in the social aspect, I’ve been able to improve the quality of my coffee and I’m starting to be known for my work” says Dagoberto.
“If you want to live well with a good quality of life, you must focus on producing specialty coffee and be consistent, and improve year after year, it’s the only option.”
Dagoberto plans to continue improving his coffee as well as the infrastructure of his farm. His short-term plan is to renovate his drying infrastructure.