The plantation is situated on the Apaneca-Ilamatepeq mountain range at 13.91484 latitude and 89.72900 longitude, in the Atiquizaya province, department of Ahuachapan. Las Delicias has an extension of 35 hectares, with an elevation ranging from 1.300 meters to 1.900 meters above sea level, however, in El Salvador , coffee grows up to 1.750 meters, due to the countries position in latitude and longitude.
Above the coffee planted at 1,750 meters, the property consists of 8 hectares, of virgin, native canopy forest, reaching the very top of the mountain.
The total production of the plantation varies depending on many factors like weather patterns, but the yearly average is about 900 bags of 69 kilograms of green coffee, of which 200 bags are Pacamara.
The soil of the farm is Franco volcanic, ideal for cultivating coffee. The average rainfall there is of 2,000 mm per year.
At the very top of the mountain, where this canopy forest is located, there is an extinct crater of an ancient volcano. The crater is now a lagoon; in which wild frogs thrive, giving the mountain its name, Las Ranas. Wild life there is abundant, with native species and migratory birds. There you will find white tail deer, ocelots, among other animals.
The farm is Denomination of Origin and Rain Forest Alliance Certified. The Denomination of Origin certification was acquired on 2010, and the Rain Forest Alliance certification was acquired in 2003. This seal requires that the farm protect the echo system, encompassing wild life and native forest, as well as the echo friendly of managing the coffee plantation.
Biological and natural practices are used to complement foliar and soil fertilizations, as well as controlling illnesses, minimizing the use of chemicals. The other part of the seal, comprehends of the social aspect, insuring that the people that work at the farm, receive the adequate benefits and compensation, required by the law.
During the last Rain Forest Alliance yearly evaluation, Las Delicias acquired a grade of 94.95% Our objective is to find a balance, in between the managing of the plantation with modern techniques, and a sustainable system, good for the environment.
The result of these practices is a healthy coffee plantation, with an excellent cup and a good production.
The combined efforts, of the people that work the land, as well as the people that operate the coffee mill, will yield as a result, an excellent coffee.
|Farm Name||Las Delicias|
|Farmer/Rep.||Casal, S.A. De C.V.|
|Size (30kg boxes)||42|
|Program||El Salvador 2012|
|Aroma/Flavor||ripe red cherry, passionfruit, blueberry, peach, caramel|
|Other||milky sweetness, creamy syrupy mouthfeel|
|Coffee Growing Area||-1|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||2777.79|
|High bidders||Coffee Bean International for Target|