Verde Alto, Costa Rica
Juani started producing coffee at 16 years old, giving him 60 years of experience producing speciality coffee. He is now imparting that knowledge to his sons who help him run the farm.
Juani’s oldest coffee trees are 20 years old - which can be associated with a decline in productivity - but this is controlled with newer plantings at 15, five and two years old - meaning the yield is maintained at optimal levels. During the harvest they need 20-25 pickers who are mostly from the local village of San Pablo, and also a few migrant workers from Panama.