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Finca El Lago
COSTA RICA
Martin Madrigal Solano

Marmalade and caramel with citrus acidity and medium body

COSTA RICA
Martin Madrigal Solano

Marmalade and caramel with citrus acidity and medium body

As a child, Martin 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. Martin’s grandfather planted coffee, his uncle took out the coffee and used the land for cattle, and now it is being returned to coffee. Martin 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 in addition to coffee. While the farm was used for cattle, the area around the springs suffered erosion, one of the first things Martin has done is 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 growing or harvesting a specific crop, but fundamental to this is how the micro-climate, topography, water and soil resources are managed. This year, Martin will also be planting avocado to provide shade to the coffee and a cash-crop for the local markets.