Origin Information

Ricardo Valdivieso
Apaneca, Ahuachapán, El Salvador
November - March
1,620 – 1,730 meters
Volcanic loam
Full natural and dried on raised beds

Background Details

This coffee is sourced from Finca Santa Leticia, located near the town of Apaneca within the department of Ahuachapan, El Salvador. Finca Santa Leticia is owned and operated by Ricardo Valdivieso, a third generation coffee farmer, and his family. Ricardo’s grandfather purchased the land in 1870 and named the finca after his wife, Leticia. Finca Santa Leticia was passed down to Ricardo during a time of great turmoil in El Salvador’s history. At the peak of conflict in the 1980s, Ricardo came face to face with a firing squad in defense of his family’s land. He was not shot but spent many years in exile before he was able to return to Finca Santa Leticia. Today, Ricardo works with his daughter, Monica, to protect their groves of bourbon varietal from leaf rust. In addition to coffee, Monica operates a beautiful hotel and restaurant at Finca Santa Leticia. Mayan artifacts that Ricardo’s father discovered on the property have also been preserved as an archaeological site for visitors to enjoy.