Carmen Duch Martinez comes from a very traditional coffee growing background. She and her two brothers are deeply rooted in coffee; all of them learned from his father this dignifying profession - he himself learning it from his ancestor. Fatima is located almost at the top of the Santa Ana Volcano, also known as Ilamatepec which in Nahuatl means father hill, as the native indigenous believed that this volcano watched over the crops growing amongst his hillsides. This belief has proved itself right, for this area has been widely recognized as one of the most important sources of extremely high quality coffees along the history of El Salvador .
Located above 1,400 masl, Fatima has been awarded several times during El Salvador CoE history. Like most of El Salvador s coffee landscapes, this farm has a very diverse shade canopy which hosts many native and migratory birds, filling the environment with a pleasant exhibition of Mother Nature. The variety found on this farm is the traditional Bourbón with some Typica trees remaining. Weather conditions are ideal for coffee growing, annual rainfall average is nearly 2,400 mm and average temperature is 21ºC.
Carmen works hand to hand with her brothers Rafael and Juan, who oversee the cultural practices developed at the family´s farms. They are very close and run their farms as a family tradition and business. They believe in high quality coffee versus high yielding production, so they avoid the use of chemicals and fertilizers letting the farm relax as it produces the bright red fruit. All the works are done by skillful hand labor, the pruning of the shade done by appreciation.
For Carmen, COE is such a huge opportunity to meet new buyers and consumers that can really appreciate her coffee and establish long lasting relationships.
Location: Canton Potrero Grande Arriba, Santa Ana.
Coffee varieties: Bourbón
Average Annual Rainfall: 2,400 mm
Average Temperature: 21 ºC
Type of Soil: Clay LoamTotal production: 530 bags.
Type of Shade: Pepetos peludos, matazanos, limoncillo, musaceas, jocote, etc.
Mill and company where lot was process: Cooperativa Cuzcachapa de R.L
Latitude: N 13º 52 43.5
Longitude: W 89º 37 11.5
|Farmer/Rep.||Carmen Duch Martinez|
|Size (30kg boxes)||47|
|City||Santa Ana, Santa Ana|
|Program||El Salvador 2004|
|Coffee Growing Area||23.8 hectares|
|Farm Size||23.8 hectares|
|High bidders||Caravan Coffee Co.,Ltd.|