The Neira Family
A neighbor of the Tantaleans, the Neira family and finca sit 1800 meters high in the mountains of the Barro Negro district of San Ignacio, Cajamarca. Gloria, with her husband Ines, are first generation coffee producers who have embraced the calling of specialty coffee and continuously produce high quality specialty grade coffees.
A typical day for Gloria and Ines starts early with preparation of food for the family and then they head off on their 30 minute walk to the farm with their donkey, "Serrano", named after the high altitude where he was brought from. During harvest season Gloria will make many back and fourth trips with her donkey to drop off the selectively harvested coffee cherries for Ines to begin processing. It will take many trips over several days to complete the harvest and manage the fermentation process. Once the harvest is over every coffee plant on the farm is thoroughly checked to remove 100% of the cherries to prevent disease and pests.
The Neiras, like most producers, have seen massive changes in the coffee industry and work hard to keep up with the ever increasing demand on quantity and quality. From selectively harvesting only ripe fruits to making their own organic compost and following strict organic guidelines the family has set a strong foundation for success. They've recently invested significant time and resources into building well constructed raised and covered drying beds which protect the coffee providing a better controlled drying process which has a significant impact on the resulting quality of coffee.
The Neira's next step is to create what Peruvian producers call a "finca modelo", or a well organized and terraced farm. A reorganization of coffee plants to for better separation of varietals, terraces to better conserve soil and nutrients, and a new method for planting and spacing of plants to make best use of the space owned by Gloria and Ines.
The Neiras are only one farming family we partner with to bring specialty coffee from Peru all the way to coffee lovers all over the US in turn. We've yet to meet Gloria and family in person due to COVID-19, but we eagerly await the day.