las Mercedes and Judas coffees

The following is cut and pasted from Miguel and Guillermos email to us. The coffee they bring directly into the port of Portland. M+G own nine farms along with their father and are fifth generation farmers we have been buying from for the last three years. now on bar at Courier .

San Judas Estate is located on the “El Paste” mountain range. The total
extension of the plantation is 30 Hectares, of which twenty-five are cultivated with
coffee and the remaining five are composed of “native forest canopy”.
The plantation is located next to the volcano “El Chingo”, which half belongs to El
Salvador and the other half to Guatemala.
The average altitude for the plantation is from 1,250 meters to 1,650 meters
above sea level.
The type of soil on the plantation is very young, volcanic and Franco. This soil is
so young, that it still in decomposition, which is appropriate for the cultivation of
The annual average rainfall for the plantation is from1800 to 2000 millimeters.
The plantation is made up of 90% Bourbon Arabica, and 10% Pacamara coffee.
The average age of the plantation is about 15 years, with about 5,000 coffee
trees per hectare. The variety of shade trees used in the plantation is composed
of native trees and Inga trees with a population of about 110 shade trees per
The annual production of the plantation is 125,000 pounds of washed strictly
hard bean, equivalent to 750 bags of 69 kilograms for export.
The working practices on the plantation are always to respect the environment,
social awareness, and natural habitat. These working practices consist of a
biological plague control for diseases, organic fertilizers and foliar fertilizers,
minimizing the use of chemicals.
Our main objective is to find a balance in the work practices between the
management of the plantation and technical practices to a sustainable level. The
result of achieving this balance is a healthy plantation, with a good production
and an excellent cupping coffee.


Finca Las Mercedes is located in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range,
specifically in Cerro Las Ranas.

The farms average elevation is of 1,400 meters above sea level, with an
annual production of 600 bags, of 69 Kg each, for export.

Las Mercedes has an extension of 30 manzanas, equivalent to 23 hectares,
of Bourbon and Pacamara coffee. The rest of the property consists of 8
manzanas, equivalent to 5 hectares, of virgin, native canopy forest, which
reaches an altitude of 1,850 meters above sea level.

The soil of the farm is Franco volcanic, ideal for cultivating coffee. The
average rainfall there is of 2,000 mm per year.

At the very top of the mountain, where this canopy forest is located, there is
an extinct crater of an ancient volcano. The crater is now a lagoon; in which
wild frogs thrive, giving the mountain its name, Las Ranas.

Wild life there is abundant, with native species and migratory birds. There
you will find white tail deer, ocelots, among other animals.

Biological and natural practices are used to complement foliar and soil
fertilizations, as well as controlling illnesses, minimizing the use of

The other part of the working practices, comprehends of the social
aspect, insuring that the people that work at the farm, receive the
adequate benefits and compensation, required by the law.

Our objective is to find a balance, in between the managing of the
plantation with modern techniques, and a sustainable system, good for
the environment.

The result of these practices is a healthy coffee plantation, with an
excellent cup, and a good production.

The combined efforts, of the people that work the land, as well as the
people that operate the coffee mill, will yield as a result, an excellent

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