Owner: Mauricio Ariz Silva
Region: Santa Ana
Altitude: 1,500 to 1,720 m.a.s.l
Varietal: Red bourbon
Dense mouthfeel, treacle & honey sweetness, juicy with an apple acidity.
Finca El Aguila is owned by Mauricio Ariz and his sons – 4th and 5th generation coffee farmers. The finca occupies 63 hectares in Cantón Ojo de Agua, municipality of Chalchuapa near the Santa Ana Volcano. 43 of these hectares are given over to coffee: the remaining 20 hectares are dedicated to nature conservation or have been planted with cypress trees.
The farm ranges over lush, fertile hills at altitudes of 1,500 to 1,720 metres above sea level. This high altitude and ideal climate (with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 24°C and plentiful rainfall) bestows upon the coffee ideal climate for high quality coffee production.
The farm is meticulously managed – primarily by Mauricio’s son Ricardo, who oversees much of the farm management. Shade trees, including Ingas and Copalchi, have been planted throughout, and fertilization is performed after soil analysis and weed control has first been taken care of. Weed control is performed manually to avoid the use of herbicides.
The Ariz family are committed to keeping the primary forest within the property untouched. The family also supports the Ojo de Agua community with workers and materials to maintain two access roads, as well as providing a water supply to the community from their water reservoirs. It is hoped that the coming years they will be able to facilitate access to electricity for the community, as well.