Farm: Finca La Providencia
Varietal: 100% Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1,100 to 1,300 meters above sea level
Owner: Fernando Alfaro & Jose Enrique Gutierrez
Town / City: Municipality of Tacuba in the department of Ahuachapan
Region: Cordillera Apaneca and Illamatepec
Finca La Providencia Natural - El Salvador
Finca La Providencia is owned by Fernando Alfaro and Jose Enrique Gutierrez, who run the farm under the name INVERFINCA, SA de C.V. Both are fourth-generation coffee producers in El Salvador and apply their cumulative experience and extensive knowledge to running the farm, which was acquired seven years ago with the idea of producing high-quality coffee. Fernando and Jose have the primary goal of achieving high-quality coffee production while producing high yields.
The farm is located in Canton La Pandeadura of the Tacuba municipality, department of Ahuachapan. Situated between 1,100 to 1,300 meters above sea level, La Providencia occupies 70 hectares bordering a biological corridor near the Parque Nacional El Imposible. The wildlife in the area is diverse and the air is clean and fresh.
The farm is worked with an integrated farm management system which starts with soil analysis to identify soil deficiencies and to meet the unique nutritional and structural needs of the soil. The farm hires, on average, between thirty and fifty employees during the off-harvest season to complete key works such as: coffee pruning, windbreaker pruning, and application of chalk and lime fertilizers, herbicides and foliage fertilizers, and controlling diseases such as coffee leaf rust.
The farm is planted with Red and Yellow Caturra and Red Bourbon. Coffee is harvested using only the strictest of quality control guidelines. The beans are picked when in full maturity and then are hand-sorted to remove any damaged or under-ripe cherries before they are delivered to the mill.
La Providencia has its own wet mill facility which has two pulpers but also produces Natural lots, such as this coffee. This coffee has been dried in parijuelas (raised beds) and continually turned to ensure even drying and prevent over-fermentation. Parijuelas are wooden bed like structures that are raised above ground with mesh, much like African beds. After several days of pre-drying on the parijuelas, the coffee is then finished on clay patios. The drying time is significant, usually exceeding 12 days.
After drying, the coffee is transported in parchment to Beneficio El Carmen, where Agricola San Augustin prepares the coffee for export after 45 additional days of drying.