We are proud to introduce our newest producing partner: Finca Argentina.
Finca Argentina is a 35 hectare specialty coffee farm, situated on the northern slopes of the Apaneca-Illamatepec mountain range, in Turin, Ahuachapan. The farm has been producing coffee for over 70 years, and was purchased in 1967 by Luis Guillermo, grandfather of current manager, Alejandro Martinez.
The farm is planted with nearly 100% Bourbon, and is managed by Alejandro Martinez, who is committed to maintaining and replanting areas of the farm that were affected by the recent outbreak of rust. Proactive management, has seen the farm make a near 100% recovery, and bordering areas of the farm, have been purchased and replanted with resistant varieties, in order to protect the central growing areas of Finca Argentina.
The farm is divided into six micro-lots, (called tablones in spanish), that run from 1,150 - 1,350 meters above sea level. These lots (illustrated below), range in size, from three to twelve manzanas; and are planted with varying densities of trees. The smallest density lot contains 2,600 trees per manzana, and the heaviest contains roughly 3,500 trees per manzana.
Positioned on the northern slopes on the Apaneca-Illamatepec Range, Finca Argentina faces the Guatemalan border, with a clear view of Volcan Chingo, which splits the El Salvador and Guatemalan border. Because of its location, the farm is less vulnerable to the heavy winds, common to this mountain range. It also receives an average yearly rainfall of 2,700 mm, several hundred more than the regional average. The average daily temperature is 23° Celsius.
Some unique natural aspects of the farm, include a river, which runs from the top of the mountain, through natural geysers which heat the water, and leave it at warm temperatures as it flows through the farm. Mud geysers can also be spotted within the farm, boiling grey mud and generating steam.
View a complete gallery of photos from our visit to the farm here: FINCA ARGENTINA GALLERY.