MEET OUR FARMERS
Our Meet Our Farmers series provides a glimpse into the history, legacy and dedication of the farming families whom we partner with. When you purchase San Francisco Bay Coffee, you are joining our efforts to improve the lives of our farmers and those in their communities around the world.
March 30th, 2020
Pedro Fiallos, Honduras
Today we’re traveling to Finca Fiallos in Las Pacayas and Los Platanos, Corquin, Copan and Monte de la Virgen, Las Flores, Lempira, Honduras where we met with Pedro Fiallos, a farmer who has been working with San Francisco Bay Coffee since 2012.
Pedro and his family have a rich history of hard work, turmoil and triumphs. Pedro was first a mason before he became a coffee farmer. With his earnings as a builder, he saved up to purchase a set of oxen, which he used to haul construction materials on a contract basis. At 17 years old, Pedro mortgaged his set of oxen to buy three manzanas (2.4 acres) of coffee farmland in Guatemala. In 1976, coffee prices were high, and he sold his harvest of 2,000 pounds of parchment coffee and his property in Guatemala to buy one manzana (1.7 acres) of land near his native Corquin, Copan in western Honduras.
For the last 41 years, Pedro has started his day at 4:00am. He visits his coffee parcels daily and plants a coffee tree nursery annually. Today he is owner of more than 200 manzanas (345.9 acres) of coffee farmland. Pedro completed just 6th grade and was orphaned shortly after, but his natural intelligence, gregarious personality and strong work ethic have made him one of Honduras' most respected and most productive coffee farmers.
Pedro shared some pictures with us of his family and their history. Today, Pedro walks his fields with some of his grandkids in tow. We feel fortunate to be a part of his coffee world.
Pedro’s coffee comes from 3,900-5,000 feet above sea level, and with his cherries, you can expect a full-bodied coffee with flavors of chocolate, caramel and brown sugar.