Lito Cubas Olivera
FINCA EL PLAN STORY
In the northern province of Cutervo, Peru, Lito Cubas resides on his farm, El Plan, where he produces delicious coffee. The name he chose for his farm originates from the largest plot, which happens to be the flattest area. Lito Cubas hails from a family deeply rooted in coffee production, from whom he acquired valuable knowledge about the crop. During his youth, his parents and grandparents followed traditional coffee production methods and sold their yield at the local market. After leaving town to pursue his education, Lito returned with the ambition to produce coffee but with a focus on achieving higher quality and better prices. Through consistent hard work and dedication, he has succeeded in improving the quality of his coffee by implementing various changes to his farm. With the guidance and advice of the PECA educator, he has enhanced his processes, improved his organizational skills, and introduced new coffee varieties with an emphasis on quality.
Lito’s coffee processing commences with meticulous cherry picking, with the harvested cherries being transported to the wet mill on his farm. There, the cherries are pulped and left to ferment without water in an open-air tank for 48 hours. Subsequently, he washes the coffee and transfers it to his solar dryer, where it remains for approximately 10 days until it reaches its ideal humidity level.