Nacho has been a farmer and industry leader since 1977. Named after his father, Ignacio is well known in the farming community of Yauco and nearby towns of Adjuntas, Las Marías, Maricao, Lares and Jayuya. He currently resides in the town of Yauco, but his original home is back at the farm, neighboring our own, in Sector La Montaña. Feeling broken by the immediate loss of over 133 acres of planted coffee trees, including his home as a result of hurricane María, Ignacio left the island for weeks in search of clarity and new direction. While away, he learned that his passion and purpose in life was rooted in Puerto Rico, working the land at his farm in Yauco. Presently, he is now leading the day-to-day agricultural efforts of the Gustos Foundation, along his beloved wife and fierce community leader, Marian Martínez Vidal, while rebuilding their beautiful home, overlooking our coffee hills.
Nacho and Marian not only take care after our coffee fields by planting each seed by hand alongside a select group of experienced farmers and volunteers they also carefully inspect and asses the lands of those farmers who will be receiving the donated trees, to ensure a higher yield and successful harvest.
Puerto Rican farmers faced uncertainty during the aftermath of the storm due to a lack of financial aid and limited access to resources. Since the introduction of the Gustos Foundation and through the avid support from everyone who purchases Gustos Coffee, farmers are once again empowered and provided with the biggest help of all: coffee trees that will thrive! This will enable them to earn a sustainable living that will provide stability and growth to their families for generations of the finest hand crafted coffee.