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Finca La Puebla S.A. de C.V.

Calle Vicente Suarez No. 101,
Altos. Esquina Ofelia Galindo
Xicotepec de Juárez
C.P. 73080 A.P. 41
Puebla
MEXICO

Tel.: +52 764 764 2747
Fax: +52 764 764 2747
lapueblamexico@msn.com

The first efforts to define the NKG Standards for Sustainable Coffee Production were implemented on La Puebla in cooperation with GTZ and introduced in 2002, making this the first sustainable of all NKG farms. The farm awarded the Rainforest Alliance seal for its accomplishment in January 2005.

Responsible coffee farming is definitely our basic philosophy and is understood as a constant process by all Finca Puebla employees.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AT FINCA LA PUEBLA ARE IDEAL FOR A SUSTAINABLE COFFEE PRODUCTION.

 

Hardly no fungus diseases are present under our climatic conditions.

Thus no fungicides are applied. The economical most relevant pest (Broca or Coffee Berry Borer) is controlled with 10 - 12'000 Brocatraps (no application of insecticides).

 

This guarantees a healthy biodiversity and also a clean environment for our workers.

Estimated 42 kms of small rivers and streams cross the farm with 2 -4 meters buffer zones on both sides, seven lakes (with a total surface of 10.4 hectraes), approx. 42 hectares of swamp areas and 26 hectares of oak tree forests, also help to maintain biodiversity.

Coffee pulp removed during the wet process (washed coffee) is converted into coffee pulp and used for our coffee nursery and fertilization of our new coffee plantings.

 

>> DIRECT BENEFITS FOR FARM WORKERS:

  • Permanent employment status for 62 workers (with rights to benefit from the Mexican social welfare system).
  • The farm maintains picker lodgments for seasonal workers and is actually in a process of enlarging and improving these shelters, as well as sanitary facilities.
  • Own health post with cost free medical attendance and medicines for seasonal workers and coffee pickers and their families.
  • Primary school and Kindergarten for children of permanent workers living on the farm.
  • Specific training courses for employees, especially regarding safe application of herbicides (weed control!) and labor security issues in our wet mill or processing plant.

>> Benefits for farm workers:

  • Dotation of special protective clothing for workers dealing with herbicides and the cherry processing plant.
  • Access to potable water (drinking water quality with purifying systems) - sounds trivial, but almost all the villages of temporary workers have no access to drinking water!