Wataru & Co., Ltd. – Japan
The farm El Estribo is located in Nepopoalco, Zongolica at the center of Veracruz state. The farm has been in the Altamirano family since 1850. Its founder was Jose Estanislao Altamirano. The farm name "El Estribo” means the stirrup, the piece needed for get on the horse, an animal that gives triumphs but for so, it is needed to mount it. With all the work, we put our feet on the stirrups to move and go further guiding with the reins of hard work, collaboration, trust and quality. For 7 generations the cultivation of coffee has passed until in 2012 the family Altamirano started with the processing of specialty coffees. This was a great opportunity for the family to start a small coffee company, dedicated to quality and sell of speciality coffees, leaving the commodity prices in the past. Adan Altamirano Dominguez was winner of Cup of Excellence Mexico in 2014 having a positive impact in the farm and business of the meaning of quality. With the help of his family from 2012 to 2016 they began to sell parchment and green specialty coffee European preparation, been able to promote our coffee in roasters house all over the country due to the prestige of winning COE Mexico in 2014. In 2019, we built our own dry mill, doing adaptations in our home and farm for the processing of specialty coffees. This hard and consistent work has been done for more than 10 years, that with the specialty coffee prices we have been able to see the results and great progress. Talking of the farm we cultivate bananas, oranges, lychee, izote tree, guava, macadamia nut tree, sweet lemon tree, sour lemon tree and other wild fruits for household consumption. The rainy season is from May until September, then the cold starts from Septmber until January, then the heats start until May. The harvest season starts in middle of December and goes until the beginning of May, eventhough it changes a little depending on wheather. For shade for coffee plantations we have Elite (Alnus acuminata Kunth),Vainillo (Inga spuria), Cucharilla (Trichilia havanensis Jacq), Sangrado (Croton drac), Fresno (Fraxinus uhdei), Chalauite (inga vera), Ilite (Ahus acuminata), Ocozote (Liquidámbar styraciflua), Lichi, Oak, Guarumbo (Cecropia obtusifolia), and Jonote (Helioscarpus donnellsmithii).
In wet benefit we make washed, honey and natural processes !!! It all depends on the weather. Of varieties we have Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Sarchimor, Costa Rica and Gesha.