Congratulations to Stuardo and Samuel Coto for achieving the 10th place finish in the2020 Cup of Excellence competition with their gesha coffee!
Finca El Platanillo is owned and managed by Stuardo Coto who began working in coffee with his father in 1980. Don Stuardo is dedicated to developing his land as well as his community. The Coto family has achieved Rainforest Alliance certification on the lush farm and has invested in their employees and neighbors. For over 20 years, they have been providing schooling to pre-school children through high school to teach computer skills to coffee production training.
Stuardo Coto is committed to preserving the forest and the mountain on which the farm thrives! In 2011 Finca El Platanillo became one of the first coffee farms in the world to achieve a “climate-friendly” certification through Rainforest Alliance. Production, training, and education are focused on sustainable agricultural practices to preserve the natural balance of the land and ensure the future of their farm. El Platanillo is a complex, and balanced ecosystem with 54 different plant species and 26 different coffee varieties. Animals and insects are also part of the family including 31 localized species and countless other migratory visitors, including endangered species.
With the help of his son, Samuel Coto, the family is always looking to push the envelope with quality and sustainability. The farm has a sizable variety garden in which dozens of different varieties of coffee plants are being cultivated and tracked for their yields and quality.
In the 1990s, the Coto family opened their own dry mill in Guatemala city so they could control the entire production process from the plant to export. The mill has gained a reputation for handling specialty coffees with great care and attention to detail which has brought many specialty coffee producers to use the mill as a service.
We are extremely proud to have had a long-term partnership with Stuardo and Samuel Coto!
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