Ecuador Finca Cruz Loma Microlot (by the kg)
|Altitude:||1,450 metres above sea level|
|Region:||San José de Minas, Pichincha|
Finca Cruz Loma, which means ' crossing of the hill', was passed down to siblings Galo and Grace Morales by their grandfather. The farm spans across 1200 hectares. Most of the land consists of native vegetation, including jungle and is home to various wildlife - like the elusive Spectacled bear.
Their main crops are corn, coca, beans, and sugarcane with coffee being introduced 7 years ago. Crops are intertwined on the farm, offering shade to protect coffee trees. At this stage, only 6 hectares are currently used for coffee production. Galo intends to expand his coffee plantation to 40 hectares for coffee to grow traditional varietals for the local Ecuadorian market.
Galo originally started planting coffee after serving time working as a barista and then for a green exporting business. He was disappointed by the average quality within the local Ecuadorian market and wanted to improve and experiment with processing methods. Originally this started out as a hobby on the side with his wife and sister. Today Galo is known for his unusual and funky naturals and interesting honey profiles. His sister, Grace prefers to produce only washed coffees of a more traditional cup profile.