Pablo and Jaime Ponce are two brothers in the North of Ecuador who have started producing coffee no more than 3 years ago. Their coffee won first place in a local competition and third place in the national competition, Taza Dorada. Taza Dorada is a local, Ecuadorian, cupping competition were the top lots of the season are submitted and sold individually by each producer.
Farms in the north are bigger, at 15 hectares or more. They use conventional fertilizers and are in better shape in general; the area is extremely lush and in very moist conditions with a nice warm summer creating good conditions for growing coffee. This area is extremely interesting, you will find: ancient indigenous tombs, a vineyard, and an experimental variety farm ran by Nestle.