February 20, 2019
Cedral, Costa Rica
Coopcedral was formed back in 2014 when 29 members unified to form ASPROCE - a group of 12 smallholder farms who farm on 5 hectares or less, but together, formed 25 hectares of land. Froilan Diaz Santano, president of Coopcedral, explained to us on our 2018 origin trip that the co-operative not only includes coffee producers but local people who work in tourism, showcasing the coffee of the area.
The processing at Cedral is slightly different from the other co-operatives. Coffee is mechanically washed, and than fermented in a fermentation tank before manually moved to one of the 12 drying beds. The farmers of Los Jilgueros aims are to continue to produce high-quality coffee, create long standing relationships with their buyers and create a market for their coffee locally.