If you are wondering if specialty coffee farmers look as hipster as specialty coffee drinkers... meet Benedicto.
Aside from his converse kicks and suave hat though, he represents a wake-up call that is happening here, and throughout the world of farmers. His family used to be sugarcane farmers in the Highlands until years of tough dry seasons followed by a four month drought made it almost impossible to yield the crop in the region, forcing them to relocate to San Roque de Cumbaza and focus on #coffee. With his extended family they farm 10 hectares of coffee bordering a large national park, interestingly the land that they own is 15 hectares, however they have made the choice to leave the remaining 5 untouched, and #preserve it as an extension of the park. The health of his crop relies on it, he says, if we were to clear that land to grow more coffee, the water would stop running off the ridge and his crop would fail.
Born into a family that has lived through immediate kickback of climate change Benedicto is very conscious of what the future of his farm as well as the area could look, and despite the margins of coffee being incredibly slim (each bush may only yield less than 50 cents per year) he still takes the time to farm what he has sustainably, teach the farmers around him what to do, and care deeply for his land - both used, and unused.
He has had to rebuild his life due to #climatechange, and says he doesn’t want his three children to experience the same hardships he did at their age.