Finca El Aguila sits 1,500 - 1,720 metres above sea level, in the Santa Ana region of El Salvador. With a high altitude, rich volcanic soil, and moderate temperatures, the farm has the perfect conditions to produce exceptional coffee.
The farm is run by Ricardo Ariz, a fifth-generation farmer, who is relatively new to coffee production. He has quickly developed a passion for it though, and he’s hired a group of dedicated experts, including a full-time agronomist and 60 seasonal coffee pickers.
We’ve been offering Ricardo’s beautiful coffees for several years, and we met him for the first time last year on our trip to El Salvador. Here he is in his own words:
“Before taking over the farm, I didn't really even drink coffee. But when I took it over, I started making an effort to taste different coffees, learn how to cup and understand the industry. I started meeting with people from the specialty coffee industry and I learned a lot from them.
I've found a passion for coffee. It’s not for its financial rewards; it’s more of a spiritual thing. I've realised that if people like me choose not to run farms, it really doesn't give the local community a chance to show the world what they can do. So I see myself as part of a team, and together we can do good things and create something that people are proud of.”