Blanca Marina Reyna
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In the year 2009, Blanca’s husband, José Vicitacion Flores, sadly passed away and it also marks the time when Blanca started with a small business, buying coffee cherries from farms in the region of La Palma and selling them on the market. She spent four years in this business until she decided that she wanted to buy her own coffee farm. She started negotiating on a piece of land with a local who she had bought from before. This farmer gave her the opportunity of paying for the farm in equal monthly payments allowing her to start working on the land without delay. Over the years, she has been able to learn about farm management and how to take care of her trees and coffee processes. The most valuable thing she has learned from her farm, is that having proper farm management will result positively in the cup quality of the coffee.
In 2014, she decided to change the course of her coffee production and she started to aim to produce specialty coffee. Looking for better prices and a better quality of life for her family, Blanca committed herself to start taking better care of her trees and processes. Now, she considers that the process has been worth it due to the good prices and the satisfaction she has received from doing things in a better way and producing something of high quality. Blanca doesn’t live on her farm, but her sons do, and they also help her with crop management and pest and disease control. Blanca just wants people to drink her coffee and know that her family and she are investing everything they have to produce the best quality coffee they can.