Gloria Rodriguez

Ahuachapán, El Salvador

  • FARM
  • Finca Nejapa
  • 1,470 - 1,570 m.a.s.l.
  • 2009

Gloria Mercedes Rodríguez Fontan is a name you’ll likely recognise if you’ve been with us a while. She's a fourth-generation coffee grower who owns and personally supervises six small farms located in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range: San José, Mamatita, El Porvenir, Nejapa, Nueva Granada and La Lagunita.

Finca Nejapa was inherited by Gloria’s father, José María Rodríguez Herrera, in the 1950s. At that time the property was only devoted to cattle for milking purposes, and it was José Maria who started growing Bourbon coffee. Little by little, he noticed coffee crops were extremely productive in that area.

The farm has 18.2 hectares of land in total, of which 6.3 hectares are dedicated to growing coffee. The coffee-growing area is divided into three separate plots or 'tablóns'; Los Vientos (2.1 hectares), Santa Marta (1.4 hectares), and Roma (2.8 hectares).

Gloria works under strict specialty coffee standards. These include only fully ripe cherries being harvested, careful milling and appreciative pruning. Coffee pickers are selected from her staff based on their experience and passion, and their understanding of the requirements to obtain high-quality coffee, and Gloria supervises the whole process directly with the support of Antonio Avelino - her farm foreman.

Gloria Rodriguez at Finca Nejapa in Ahuachapan
, El Salvador |
Finca Nejapa in Ahuachapan
, El Salvador |
Coffee seedling nursery at Finca Nejapa in Ahuachapan
, El Salvador |

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