Carmen and Rafael Silva


Ahuachapán, El Salvador

  • FARMS
  • La Fany, La Siberia, La Divina Providencia
  • ELEVATION
  • 1,400 - 1,675 m.a.s.l.
  • RELATIONSHIP SINCE
  • 2003

Carmen and Rafael Silva were the first producers we met when we first visited El Salvador in 2003, and Finca La Fany is one their farms. This relationship is one of our longest and most special, and we consider it a hallmark example of Hasbean’s incredible producer relationships.

The family is overseen by Rafael (who focuses on the farms) and his wife Carmen (who focuses on coffee buyers like us!), with support from their sons Rafael Jr (focused on the mill and some of the farms) and Rodrigo (splitting between sales and the mill).

The Silva family has been producing El Salvadoran coffee since 1870 and Hasbean fans will recognise their name as the people also behind Finca Siberia. They started sowing coffee trees along one of the highest summits of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, and named this farmland Siberia for its chaotic weather conditions and limited accessibility. A century later, the land was inherited by Rafael Silva.

Finca La Fany is situated on the Santa Ana volcano at 1,450 m.a.s.l.
 and provides work for 24 families in the community. It's in a biological corridor that stretches for 27 hectares from Mexico to Panama, and grows mostly Bourbon and a small amount of Pacamara.

Finca Siberia sits 1,450 metres above sea level and produces shade-grown coffee of the Bourbon and Pacamara varieties. The lot we receive is 100% Bourbon. We've loved this family’s coffee for over a decade but have sourced mostly from La Fany since we first met them. In 2012, a sample from Siberia wowed us so much that we’ve never looked back. The farm is highly decorated and has been among the Cup of Excellence winners in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012.

Rafael Jnr, Head of Production Ollie, Green Buyer Roland and Carmen Silva at their cupping lab
Rafael Jnr, Head of Production Ollie, Green Buyer Roland and Carmen Silva at their cupping lab
Coffee drying at San Pedro mill in Apaneca, Ahuachapán, El Salvador
Coffee drying at the San Pedro mill
Bourbon natural being processed at San Pedro mill in Apaneca, Ahuachapán, El Salvador
Bourbon natural being processed at San Pedro mill
Carmen and Rafael's sons Rafael Jr (L) and Rodrigo (R) Silva
Carmen and Rafael's sons Rafael Jr (L) and Rodrigo (R) Silva
Rafael Silva at Finca La Fany
Rafael Silva at Finca La Fany
Carmen Silva at Finca La Fany
Carmen Silva at Finca La Fany
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