Eli Espinoza is the owner of 4 hectares of coffee in the village of las Pirias in Chirinos.
Elí has a few parcels of land spread across the village, some planted mostly with typica, others with caturra and bourbon.
Elí processes all his coffee at his house, which sits at 1800masl and his farms are all between 1800 and 2000masl.
Eli came to the area as a teenager looking for work on farms, and he started out picking coffee in the village. After a while he was able to buy his own land, a house and started working to produce his own coffee.
This year Eli has started processing his coffee as a natural after investing in a large solar dryer with increased capacity which gave him greater control over the drying process. Eli decided to process naturals after some trials in 2018 and having seen that the processing greatly improved the cup score and gave completely different cup profiles to his coffee. The coffee was washed and floated and then skin dried under shade for one day, before being moved to a solar drying tent, where it dried under controlled conditions for 35 days.