Where do you come from and what does coffee mean to you?
My name is Hever Montealegre, I am a coffee farmer from the village of ‘La vereda Vueltas’ above Gigante. For me, cultivating coffee is my most important undertaking. I do it because that’s how I’ve been raised – working purely within coffee in this region. It drives me, because it’s an enterprise that sustains me and my family.
How did you become a coffee farmer?
My parents were coffee farmers, they came from here and I followed their footsteps. Coffee inspires me – more and more every day.
How did you hear about SKN Caribecafe’s sustainability program?
I heard first about the program from my neighbours. Later on, from SKN Caribecafé’s agronomists while visiting the village. I thought it could be a good way to carry on learning more and to continue improving my coffee growing.
What has been the biggest change for you as a result of the program?
It was learning how to plant coffee well: Not using too large areas but growing it in smaller areas, with the coffee trees efficiently planted.
As a result of the program, my coffee quality keeps on improving day after day, as well as my farm’s sustainability.