Certification: Direct Trade
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 850 - 1110 M
Cupping: Dried Fruits, Almonds, Milk Chocolate
Description: Limoncillo is owned by the Mierisch Family and managed by Santos Demitris Flores. This farm was given its name from an unusual growth of lemon trees that were originally found there. It is a huge farm at 171 hectares and heavy forest provide plenty of shade for the coffee. This farm was awarded 2nd place in the 2008 Cup Of Excellence.
Named after the Limoncillo (a small type of lemon) that was already growing on
the farm when it was purchased, the farm was purchased in 1930 after one of the Mierisch grandfathers made the transition from attending a military academy to civilian life. Limoncillo is the 2nd oldest coffee farm in the Fincas Mierisch group (Los Placeres is the oldest). Typica was the sole varietal grown on the farm up until the mid-1990’s, but due to climate change, unstable market pricing, and vulnerability to coffee leaf rust it was decided to diversify varietals and also focus extensively on quality over quantity.
All farms in the Fincas Mierisch group provide child day care services for workers and have access to elementary schools. Limoncillo, however, has its own primary school on site, and its own clinic. Child labor is strictly prohibited on all farms, and children are provided free meals during the harvest. Discrimination of any kind is also not permitted on our farms.
Being an UTZ certified farm, yearly training is provided in better agricultural practices to employees which has helped increase yield and cup quality while also lowering production costs. Any water used during the wet mill processing is recycled in a biodigesters in order to make sure that it is not contaminated. The natural and honey processes use very little to no water. Additional efforts are made to preserve, and grow, non- coffee trees on the farms. Trees not only provide shade and wind reduction, which benefits the coffee plant, but they also support the local wildlife and vegetation on the farms.