Leonel and his brothers grew up on coffee farms, and at 69 years old, Leonel has been responsible for his own lots for over 50 years. This farm is incredibly steep, sharply inclining from about 5200 feet to 6500 feet, making labor incredibly valued and talented. Leonel has always delivered only 100 percent ripe, red cherry to Palmichal, where it’s pulped and then graded by density using water channels and screen sieves. The coffee is then moved to fermentation tanks for 24 hours and afterward washed with clean mountain water. Finally, the coffee is dried in drum driers at low temperatures and stored in parchment in special silos, to preserve its characteristics. The coffee is hulled and sorted only just before shipment.
Across the now 75-hectares farm, the Vindas family has taken steps to prevent erosion and protect the nearby rivers — the source of fresh drinking water for their families and the inhabitants of Palmichal and Puriscal.
Beneficio Palmichal and Leonel have been involved in the protection of the Rio Tabarcia and Rio Negro Watershed — key drinking water sources — and NKG donated 44 hectares of land, so they could act as a refuge and protect the quality of the these rivers.
“Coffee has given me and my family everything we have in our life… I have fought hard to make my farm, and I am ready to take on more challenges.”