DoubleShot Coffee Company: Thank you for producing high-quality coffee. We are really enjoying having your coffee at my shop.
How big is your farm and how many people work on it?
Marcos Oviedo: 10 hectares. I have two workers that help me, but my Dad and I do a lot of the work.
DoubleShot: This Venecia Honey coffee is excellent. Have you tasted the coffee?
Marcos: Yes, I like to drink my own coffee.
DoubleShot: Can you describe the “honey process” that was used with our coffee?
Marcos: the coffee is not submerged in water, it is just wet as it goes thru the "chancadora" de-pulp machine, which takes the skin off, leaving a good deal of mucilage(sweet layer) on the bean. Then it is patio dried slowly in the sun, for 7 to 10 days, depending on the climate. The coffee drying process is very slow, and we must rake the beans every 30 minutes for 6 hours a day, and cover them at night, so they dry evenly.
DoubleShot: I know coffee farming is hard work and can be unpredictable. Do you enjoy it?
Marcos: Yes, my whole life has been about coffee, my father and my grandfather worked in coffee and now my wife and I run the farm and help our siblings with their farms too.
DoubleShot: Do you grow other crops on your farm?
Marcos: No, but there are lots of avocados that I sell to the local grocery store.
DoubleShot: Do you grow your own food?
DoubleShot: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
Marcos: Play soccer and exercise.
DoubleShot: Have you been to the United States?
DoubleShot: How do you brew coffee at home?
Marcos: I like French press or chorreador.
DoubleShot: Thank you again. I hope to come and visit your farm soon.
Marcos: Thank you for liking our coffee!