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Finca Los Pinos

Finca Los Pinos

A juicy cup with a fresh acidity. Flavours of pink grapefruit, lychee and elderflower complement a light caramel finish.

William Abad and his family are evolving their approach at Finca Los Pinos, continually looking for ways to improve quality whilst also protecting their environment.

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  • Our whole bean coffee is nitrogen flushed to prolong freshness.
  • 250g bags made from post-consumer recycled plastic.

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The Producers

From an early age William was involved in the world of coffee production. After having trained as a coffee cupper he learnt what sets specialty coffee apart and was inspired by the potential complexity of flavours achievable to adjust the practices at his family farm to tap into this differentiated market.

At Los Pinos he saw ways to amend their production methods and took the chance to alter and improve upon what he had learnt as a child.

The Farm & Their Approach

Finca Los Pinos spans 4 hectares, and coffee is grown throughout the farm, amidst various shade trees including acacia, cedar, and laurels and in amongst other foods too, like guavas, figs and citrus fruits. The cultivars they are growing are primarily Typica, with Caturra and Typica Mejorado planted out as well. The farm is in Zumba, right at the south of the country and close to the border with Peru. 

Felling trees on the farm is forbidden, and wild animals on the farm are left alone. They manually clear weeds from amongst the trees. They have been working on better ways to manage the waste waters created by washing coffee during processing and to utilise the piles of discarded coffee cherry skins, known as ‘pulpa’. The whole family pitches in when it comes to crop husbandry practices, with William and his father and three brothers undertaking tasks like pruning, managing pests and clearing between the trees whilst his mother and wife, Ana Lucía, oversee the selection of cherries at harvest time and manage the drying areas.

William has been implementing strict procedures when it comes to how the coffee is processed, and is trialling a long, sealed fermentation of 120 hours without oxygen to ferment the depulped coffee before washing. 

The Exporter

Caravela Coffee, with whom we have been lucky to travel with in Ecuador, are a Carbon Neutral B Corp with a boots-on-the-ground approach, employing a team of agronomists to run their PECA training program. This form of farmer outreach is extremely valuable, not just in raising the quality and quantity of a producer’s outturns through dispensing agronomical advice, but in predicting yields, planning and financial support.

Ecuador boasts a negative carbon footprint for green coffee production, with -0.5kg carbon emitted per kilo of green produced, thanks in part to the native forestry maintained and protected on coffee farms acting as a carbon sink, as well as minimal use of fertilisers and agro-inputs.

Caravela have been working in Ecuador since 2007 and now support a network of over 200 individual coffee farmers and families. Their main buying hub for the south is in Catamayo. After being cupped and graded, blended lots are composed and the parchment coffee is moved to Quito to be hulled and have the quality refined and homogenised at Caravela’s own dry mill.

Shipping and returns

Available as whole bean or pre-ground. All our whole bean coffee is packed in 250g, nitrogen flushed and valved bags. Pre-ground coffee is ground to order and desptached same working day. For more information on shipping, see our Shipping page.

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