Country: El Salvador Region: Santa Ana Varietal: Various Farm: Finca Colomba Process: Red Honey Altitude: 1500 M Grade: SHB Certification: Direct Trade Recommended Roast: City+ to Full City Cupping: Milk Chocolate, Nutmeg, Sweet Good for: Espresso, Pour-Overs, Auto-Drip
Description: The first part of the farm was planted over 45 years ago and the new part of the property was planted 4 years ago which is already showing a lot of promise. This farm was first planted by Juan Ramon Calderon. Since then, the Valiente Calderon family has constantly been keeping track of the farm's development. Finca Colomba is located in the surroundings of El Trifiniou, where Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador share borders. The farm implements practices such as pruning, weed control, and fertilization based on soil analysis and gives employment to some 200 workers during harvest and from 30 to 50 permanent jobs are demanded the rest of the year. Finca Colomba uses their own nursery to replant old or damaged trees. The local school was built on a donated land by the family. The family is very sensible to the need for rural education in their community. They also provide workers free land to grow their food crops. Part of the farm is maintained as pine and oak forest as part of a strategy to diversify income sources. Calera S.A. de C.V. owns part of San Miguel Ingenio mill only 20 minutes away from the farm, where coffee is immediately sent after the harvest and cherries are sorted. Before sending the sample to the dry mill, cupping is performed to check the quality of the coffee.