Finca Nogales

A once flourishing coffee producing country, El Salvador is making a strong comeback following years of disruptions resulting from a civil war that all but eliminated the country’s global trade presence. Now the coffee industry in this beautiful country is focused on growth and quality improvement, concentrating efforts on specialty arabica varietals and excellence in production. We are excited to introduce our newest alliances from El Salvador, Finca Nogales and Finca San Rafael, both owned by the family company, Aviles Pacas Hermanos.

Meet Finca Nogales

The Farm

Finca Nogales is a majestic property located in the Potrero Grande Arriba, on the slopes of the Santa Ana volcano. The farm has a great tradition in the production of coffee and has historically been know as a model farm for the area, due to its high productivity (70 qq / mz), as well as being a farm exhibiting a keen sense of social responsibility and source of work for the surrounding communities. In recent years, however, due to the impact of low coffee prices, aging plantations and significant damage from coffee leaf rust (roya) , farm productivity fell off sharply, dropping to 3 qq per mz. As a result, in 2014 the company made the decision to undergo a total renovation of the plantation, with a focus on quality and recovering productivity. Their adopted four-year renovation plan progressively replaces the old crop exclusively with bourbon (red and pink) varietals.

Harvest producing some beautiful coffee cherries
Harvest producing some beautiful coffee cherries
Beautiful bird friendly shade coverage
Beautiful bird friendly shade coverage

The Farmer

At present the situation in the community around the farm is difficult, due mostly to persistent crime that confronts the area in addition to a relative lack of work sources beyond coffee cultivation. It is important to point out that this area is beset by numerous other difficulties: there is no secure access to drinking water, there is no electricity, and daily transport remains an issue due to the absence of any public transportation system. In order to make the trip into the nearest city , Santa Ana, individuals pay up to two dollars to ride in the back of any pickup truck that happens to be headed in that direction. When there are no trucks passing through, people make the 17 km walk into town, taking about two and a half hours. For this reason, the vast majority of community life in Potrero Grande Arriba takes place between the institutions of work, school, church and home, with little amusement beyond children’s games in the backyards of homes and the school.

Patron Saint of Finca Nogales under a beautiful old growth tree
Patron Saint of Finca Nogales under a beautiful old growth tree
One of the members of the local community expertly picking only fully ripe cherries
One of the members of the local community expertly picking only fully ripe cherries

The Coffee

Lot Details
Size: 17 Manzanas
Production: 15,000lbs
Varietals: Pink Bourbon
Altitude: 1600 MASL
Location: Tutule, La Paz, Honduras

Cupping Notes: Concentrated notes of Raspberry syrup, candied flavor textures; tightly focused, brite, crisp and clean

Roasting Notes:  In Development

Bourbon cherries ready for harvesting
Bourbon cherries ready for harvesting
The newest varietal at the farm being nurtured in the nursery, Tekisic Bourbon
The newest varietal at the farm, Tekisic Bourbon, being nurtured in the nursery

 

We are currently selling coffee from finca Nogales in 1, 5, and 25 lb quantities online.  If you would like to purchase larger quantities (i.e., by the bag or pallet) or would simply like to learn more please Contact Us , we would love to hear from you!