In the 1890’s Puerto Rico became the world’s sixth largest exporter of coffee. It was the favorite of kings and popes.
Today, Sandra Farms strives to equal the excellence of centuries past by caring for and processing its coffee lovingly.
We are focused on creating sustainable coffee processes that will enhance and encourage Puerto Rico coffee production for many years to come.
“As a boy I remember helping dry ripe typical whole fruit coffee cherries, on a much smaller drying surface. The glacil or drying surface used in the early 1900’s at our farm in Puerto Rico still exists. I used it when we first started to do specialty Arabica, wet process, but the work was brutal, costly and with inconsistent results. I believe that the inconsistency in results was the driving force, plus labor costs, of drying natural/whole fruit and even wet process coffee beans in the sun. Up here in Adjuntas PR the harvest takes place during the rainiest season of the year, and the coolest, also.” ~ Israel Gonzalez, Owner & Farmer, Sandra Farms Coffee
Recycle coffee berry's ``skin`` as organic soil supplement.
Protect environment by containing water used in processing.
Plant in shade, conserving trees & soil
Conserve fuel by recycling renewable biomass.
Reduce water usage by using equipment designed to recycle and conserve water.
Follow sustainable agriculture practices.
Conserve energy using gravity when possible.
Recycle coffee hulls as fuel for harvest.