The name El Cashal comes from a variety of trees that grows in the farm. It is located in Ahuachapan in the western part of El Salvador . Serving as a cradle to both lagoons, Las Ninfas and Laguna Verde, nested between both bodies you find El Cashal. Her owner, 4th generation coffee grower Maria Alicia Castillo, tells us the story about the farm back when it was only scarcely planted in the 1940´s and how her father in law Jose Ruben Magana Guerrero together with the farm manager transformed the bramble patch into a beautiful coffee garden. Now her husband Jose Ruben Magana Romero is in charge and the whole family want to dedicate winning COE this year to their beloved Papa Pin. The winning lot for this year was strictly picked and only the best cherries in the farm were selected. Having two varietals in the farm, Bourbón and Pacas, they decided to only pick Bourbón only for the competition. It is very rewarding for them to have won COE, because this reassures that they have excellent quality coffee says Maria Alicia. They were worried when the volcano erupted due to a potential damage caused by hot ashes, but fortunately the farm spared the damage. They believe in coming back next year because they still think they can have a better place next year improving some cultural practices, however, they are also looking for a long term relationship with a buyer hows willing to work hand by hand to promote high quality coffees. They are looking forward to invest in replanting more Bourbón coffee and hope with this year profits being able to help their workers even more.
Average Annual Rainfall: 2,257 mm
Average Temperature: 22 ºC
Type of Soil: Volcanic, sandy loam
Type of Shade: Ingas, cashal, mescal, aguacate, copalchi, etc.
Mill and company where lot was process: Cooperativa Cuzcachapa
Latitude: N 13º 53' 01.9″
Longitude: W 89º 47' 45.4″
|Farm Name||El Cashal|
|Farmer/Rep.||Maria Alicia Castillo de Magaña|
|Size (30kg boxes)||30|
|Program||El Salvador 2006|
|Coffee Growing Area||22.4|
|High bidders||Wataru & Co., Ltd.|