For Maria and her three sons, it's definitely a family affair. Each member of the family operates a neighboring farm and Maria’s farm, El Pajuro has 1 hectare planted with coffee, mainly Caturra and Pache. Maria is one of a few producers that has invested in producing higher qualities, and her results are outstanding.
Born in the San Luis de Lucma District, Cutervo, in 1954, Maria completed her primary education at Daniel Alcides Carrión Elementary School in San Luis de Lucma. She left formal schooling in order to support her parents in the field who were cattle and potato farmers. At the age of 22, she left her parents’ home to marry her “Prince Charming”, Ezequiel Chinguel. They were looking for a new life when she decided to dedicate herself to coffee, that's when they moved to live in Sport Piura, in the district of Huabal.
Their farms are located in a high altitude area with a favorable climate. Over time, they have implemented and improved their wet processing, drying methods as well as introducing various varieties of coffee which have led her to be a successful producer doing very high-quality coffees that currently cup 87 and up.
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