Palmira was the first farm purchased by the Peterson family, originally as pasture for dairy cows. In 1984, the farm was planted with coffee at 1,100 meters above sea level and in the 90s the beneficio, or coffee mill, was built.
Palmira is in many ways the life and blood of Hacienda La Esmeralda, and not just because it is the site of the coffee mill. Palmira is also the highest production farm at Hacienda La Esmeralda, which directly contributes to the continued employment of the over 300 migrant pickers who come to work at Esmeralda’s farms. During the harvest season, the pickers and their families live on the farm, with close to 1,000 people setting up for the season.
In addition to supporting workers, the Palmira farm has been Rainforest Alliance Certified, attesting to the care and consideration at the base of all Esmeralda Coffees.
See Palmira and its lots with our interactive map.