Finca El Balsamo

General Information

Region: Cordillera del Balsamo, Teotepeque, La Libertad.

Month of Harvest: December

Name of the Farm: Finca El Bálsamo

Elevation: 1000 - 1100 meters above sea level Coordinates: 13.632184, -89.493375

Blooms: A single bloom in the early days of April

CROP INFORMATION

Type of Soil: fertile alluvial clay loam

Temperature / average climate: Temperature between 15 and 25 °C

Average rainfall: 2,000 to 2,700 mm per year

Types of shade: Mixed species forest composed of liquidambar, mahogany, cedar, white mahogany, Nogal

Shade density: 50 - 60%

Crop Conditions: Traditional.

Flora and Fauna Types Present: Vegetation: Native to the area, reforestation was done with fine wood producing species; Animals: rabbits, deer, armadillos, reptiles, squirrels and others.

Fertilization Methods: Primarily using compost and bocashi as organic fertilizer, both produced on the farm, complemented with complete fertilizer applied to soil and foliar.

Applications of herbicides: The farm does use herbicides.

Environmental conservation practices: The entire property was reforested 10 years ago. Processing Type: Wash Type of Fermentation: Natural Fermentation

CULTURAL INFORMATION

Owner's Description:

J. Raul Rivera S.A. de C.V.
www.riverabalsam.com
www.riveracoffee.com

History of the Farm:

It is a property of one hundred twenty hectares of extension that were reforested in the year 2000 with fine wood species. Of the total extension eighty hectares were planted with coffee. This plantation was established by Jorge Raul Rivera, he established it in the early 1980s risking his life due to the ongoing civil war at that time.

Location of the farm:

Department of La Libertad, jurisdiction of Teotepeque, Canton El Matazano.

Work Practices:

Activities and cultural practices related to coffee.

Benefits or Social Projects:

The farm is in Canton El Matazano and we have donned ¼ hectare for school.