We have said it before and say it again, if you miss some of our coffee roasting friends, just let us know. Many have asked for Drop Coffee, and there you have it!
Drop visited this particular farm, Finca Nejapa, early in 2017 and just proves what we talk about when we mention direct trade and the likes. Therefore we will quote Joanna and her story from the trip. It says a lot about dedication and how you work with nature to get the best result.
"Finca Nejapa is a family driven business. We just by the end of this January (2017) went to visit the owner Gloria Rodriguez and her son in law, Luis, at Finca Nejapa. Nejapa is divided into different tablons and this is the coffee from the Roma tablon. The Caturra from this tablon was also the first Caturra to make it to Cup of Excellence.
The farm is pretty managed, Luis is super when it comes to agronomy and botanics. Walking the farm with him is better than any book I've read on varietals. However, it all started when the farm was inherited by Gloria’s father, José María Rodríguez Herrera, in the 50’s. By that time the property was only devoted to cattle for milking purposes, and it was José Maria who started growing coffee of the Bourbon variety, little by little he noticed coffee was extremely productive in that area.
Nejapa farm also got 7 hectares reforested with cedar trees of approximately 10 years old. The farm also has a diversity of shade trees, which helps maintain and preserve both the soil conditions and a wide variety of birds and small mammals that can be seen even in the region. This farm is on the slopes of the Laguna de Las Ninfas (Water lilies lagoon) with a spectacular sight over the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range.
Every year, Gloria establishes nurseries with selected seeds to keep her farm in good shape, balance production and secure future crops. Tablón Roma, that we are buying, is located in the western side of Finca Nejapa but was left unplated until 10 years ago, when Gloria obtained a loan through a local Investment Bank to redevelop and re plant this area. The variety chosen for this plot was just these Red and Yellow Caturra, in those days it was in vogue planting this short-size producing tree with good yields needed to repay the loan, gladly variety and terroir combination resulted in great quality coffee as well. The trees are growing side by side and this year Luis and Gloria has separated the lots for you to be able to try them side by side.
At the end of December 2016 we did a charity dinner with Mathias Dahlgren and WINETRADE for Finca Nejapa. We collected 35000SEK that will go to new solar panels and filter for clean water at the farm. This will be handed over in January 2017 when we visit Finca Nejapa. "
Finca Nejapa - El Salvador
Region: Ahuachapán, Santa Ana
Variety: Red Caturra
Roast Date: 03.04.2017
Second coffee this week is the beautiful and clean Biftu Gudina. A well known co-operative in the Agaro region.
Biftu Gudina - Ethiopia
Variety: Local Heirloom
Roast Date: 03.04.2017