The success of Finca Nejapa, owned by Gloria Rodrigues, is the result of a strong family unit. Their hard work and skills have really paid off in the quality of their product. By working together they can maintain and potentially improve the quality and the working conditions.
Gloria Rodrigues and her daughter Maria José.
The story of Finca Nejapa
The farm was inherited by Gloria’s father, José María Rodríguez Herrera in the 50’s, at that time the property was devoted to cattle for milking purposes, and it was José Maria who started growing coffee of the Bourbon variety. Little by little, he noticed coffee was extremely productive in that area, and there the story begins.
Nejapa still farms 7 hectares reforested with cedar trees, approximately 10 years old. The farm also has a diversity of shade trees, which helps maintain and preserve both the soil conditions and a wide variety of birds and small mammals that can be seen in that region. The Finca Nejapa farm is on the slopes of the Laguna de Las Ninfas (Water lilies lagoon) with a spectacular sight over the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. Every year, Gloria establishes nurseries with selected seeds to keep her farm in good shape, balance production and secure future crops.
The bit of the farm Drop Coffee is buying - Roma lot
Tablón Roma, that we are buying, is located in the western side of Finca Nejapa but was left unplated until 10 years ago, when Gloria obtained a loan through a local Investment Bank to redevelop and replant this area. The variety chosen for this plot was red and yellow Caturra, in those days it was in vogue planting this short-size producing tree with good yields needed to repay the loan, gladly variety and terroir combination resulted in great quality coffee as well. This farm was awarded in the El Salvador Cup of Excellence in 2008 and 2009 with just this Roma lot and the Caturra varietal.
Glorias son in law, Luis Rodrigues. Probably the most knowledgable person I know when it comes to varietals.
At the Roma lot, both Red and Yellow Caturra are growing. This is the Red Caturra. The difference in fruit colour is one of the reason that makes the coffee taste different, theories as the red cherry is taking in more light than the yellow as the yellow reflects more light. But there are also different varietals, where in this case the Red Caturra tastes more of red apple, is cidery with a milk chocolate sweetness, and the yellow is more like tropical fruit and almonds.
Gloria Roudrigues among the Red and Yellow Caturra growing side by side.
Drop Coffee and Finca Nejapa
As a charity project, we did a dinner with WINETRADE and Mathias Dahlgren where all the money went straight to installing electricity and water filters at the Roma lot. Visiting this year it was great to see the family improved living conditions by the plot of the farm. See more about it here .
Producer: Gloria Rodrigues with family; Luis Roudrigues (son in law) and Maria-José (daughter)
Farm: Finca Nejapa
Varietal: Red Caturra
Region: Ahuachapán, Santa Ana
Picked: April to May 2017
Elevation: 1550 mail
Sustainability project: At the end of December 2016 we did a charity dinner with Mathias Dahlgren and WINETRADE for Finca Nejapa. We collected 35000SEK going to new solar panels and filter for clean water at the farm.
Flavour description: Creamy cup with medium body and red grape acidity. This coffee reminds us of a red mature apple cider with some milk chocolate notes. An aftertaste of red apples and pomegranate.