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Finca El Lago
Martin Madrigal Solano

Persimmons and caramel with citrus acidity and medium body – light roast

As a child, Martín Madrigal Solano used to visit El Lago when it was part of his grandfather’s farm. Many years later, after the farm was divided amongst the family, he has been able to buy El Lago and Ojo de Agua from his uncle. Martín’s grandfather planted coffee, his uncle took out the coffee and used the land for cattle, and now it is being returned to coffee. Martín works for the Environment Ministry of Costa Rica, where he helps look after the protected forests and national parks. He is a biologist and conservationist and has been using this knowledge to restore and protect the natural water supplies on the farm and plant endemic trees. While the farm was used for cattle the area around the springs suffered erosion, so one of the first things Martín did was to fence off the area and plant trees to stop the damage to the surrounding land. Some productive land is sacrificed in this project but in the long-term water to the farm is protected. We often think of farming as simply growing or harvesting a specific crop, but fundamental to this is how the micro-climate, topography, water, and soil resources are managed. This year Martín has bought a further two hectares of neighbouring land which has been planted with Obata and Red Catuaí. Covid 19 has brought new challenges to the industry in Costa Rica however the country was proactive in locking down to contain the spread of the virus and this year's crop was shipped without any delays and few problems.