In 1890, Manuel Trujillo handed the farm down to his daughter Sofia Trujillo de Pacas. Sofia handed it to her son, Alfredo Pacas Trujillo, and this cycle was repeated, as his son, Ernesto Pacas Diaz and his wife Blanca Estela inherited the farm. The Santa Sofia farm was once part of a larger farm named San Rafael, on which the Pacas variety mutated from Bourbón. Alberto Pacas Figueroa, Sofias husband, first noticed this natural mutation. Santa Sofia is the only farm in the Salvadoran auction that has won the competition four times, beginning with 17th place in 2003, climbing up to place 14th in 2004, 9th place in 2005 and reaching 4th place this year. If you look the phrase “quality improvement” you should find Santa Sofia as a definition. The Pacas family is very proud that their hard work has been recognized once again, and these good vibes give them an extra push to ensure quality. The farm has been using a very small quantity of agrochemicals for more than 10 years. Their use is reserved for cases when weed or pests propagate more than usual, otherwise manual control and integrated pest management is used. Shade trees are of a native species that are replanted every year, although Ingas are also used for this purpose. Santa Sofia earned the ISO 9001-2000 certification this year. At the farm level, this certificate means a complete registry and documentation of each activity perform, including several control points and measures. As an example of this, they check harvest procedure such as percentage of ripe beans, chemical usage and ecological standards. From December through March up to 30 people help with the harvest. From April though December 6 people maintained the coffee fields performing cultural practices such as pruning, weed control, among others. Santa Sofias coffee trees average 60 years old ranging from 90 to 6 years old, and are planted in densities of 3,170 trees per hectare. This coffee lot was processed under a semi washed method at Vivagua mill, property of Pacas Martinez S.A. de C.V.
Average Annual Rainfall: 3,265mm
Average Temperature: 18ºC
Type of Soil: Sandy-loam
Type of Shade: Ingas, Liquidambar, Chapultapa, Ujushte, among others
Annual Production: 270 bags (60kg)
Mill and company where lot was process: Beneficio Vivagua, Exportadora Pacas Martinez S.A.
Latitude: N13º 52′ 33.8″
Longitude: W89º 36′ 38.7″
|Farm Name||Santa Sofia|
|Farmer/Rep.||Pacvil, S.A. De C.V.|
|Size (30kg boxes)||17|
|Program||El Salvador 2004|
|Processing system||Semi-Washed , Sun Dried|
|Coffee Growing Area||9.4|
|High bidders||Bewleys Ltd|