Finca El Pino Cup of Excellence #14
Finca El Pino is situated in the municipality of Cosautlán De Carvajal, a lush, forested area, enriched with a biodiverse ecosystem to grow coffee. Aside from coffee, other tree species range from cork oak, oak, pine, chalahuite (Inga vera), huizache (Acacia farnesiana), poplar, liquidambar, bamboo, ferns, and orchids. Additionally, the farm teems with fruit trees including orange, banana, lemon, walnut macadamia, mandarin, lime, and Creole mango helping to not only diversify income, but also providing additional nutrients to the soil. Thanks to the biodiverse array of trees, Fina El Pino is also home to a variety of animal species with rabbit, badger, porcupine, vipers, squirrels, opossum, armadillo, field mouse and a diverse array of insects and birds scuttering about the farm.
Coffee first arrived in Mexico in the late 1700s, introduced by Spanish settlers. These days the country produces a significant amount of coffee, though its place as a producer of coffee on a global scale has been significantly diminished due to the entry of untraditional Arabica producers on the scene and, in particular, due to crop losses due to coffee leaf rust. Although the country is one of the foremost exporters of certified coffee (both organic and fair trade), the specialty market for quality is yet to make significant inroads here. This is not because Mexico lacks potential for producing quality lots: the country boasts a huge number of growing regions with agreeable altitudes and climates, as well as hundreds of thousands of experienced, well-established small-scale farmers. With more than 600 thousand hectares in 12 states under primarily Arabica coffee production, Mexico has great untapped potential for the production of specialty lots.