A big problem at Bella Tica’s farm is a fungus called Coffee Rust.
The fungus caused him to lose a lot of his crop this year. It grows in warm and humid weather, which has been amplified in this region by climate change. He has a few plants which are resistant to the Coffee Rust and he hopes to grow more of these plants in the future. The rust causes the plants to die, so new ones must be germinated and planted. It can take 3-5 years for a plant to be mature enough to produce coffee beans. This valuable time is a great loss for a coffee farmer.
The competition drove us to the decision to go completely organic.
Since the bankruptcy of the Santa Luis co-op, many farms have decided to start carrying out the entire production process of coffee on site. This has created a lot of competition in the area, and La Bella Tica decided that they must do something to set themselves apart from the rest and stay afloat by going organic.