Nejapa fam was inherited by Glorias father, Jose Maria Rodriguez Herrera in the 50s, by that time the property was only devoted to cattle for milking purposes, and it was Jose Maria who started growing coffee of the Bourbón variety, and little by little he noticed coffee was extremely productive on that area. Nejapa farm has 18.2 hectares of which 8.4 hectares are grown to coffee at 1,450 meters above sea level, 2.8 hectares are grown to Caturra from which this coffee lot was selected and the remaining is Bourbón. There are 7 hectares reforested with cedar trees of 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 even in that region. This farm is very close to the Laguna de Las Ninfas (Nymphs Lagoon) with a spectacular sight over the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, including the impressive Itzalco volcano, and even the Pacific Ocean, and Port of Acajutla. Every year, Gloria establishes nurseries with selected and certified seeds, giving special care to it and keeping her farm in good shape, balancing production and securing future crops. Tablon Roma is located inside the Nejapa farm that has belonged to the family over 4 generations, the current owner Gloria Maria Rodriguez always putting faith in coffee, planted 10 years ago, in order to reforestation and diversification, there are about 450 cedar trees interspersed with coffee. In 1997 she obtained a loan to reforest through the Multisectorial Investment Bank. The selected plot to compete this year has a variety of shade trees that help to maintain and preserve both our practices and the environment to provide oxygen. There is a wide variety of birds and small mammals, armadillos can be seen in this area. 7 families depend economically from the work developed in this farm. Inside Nejapa are living two families as neighbors, 4 members of the family work all year on a permanent basis. At the time of recruitment of harvest she employs approximately 60-70 people. The variety on this plot is Caturra and was planted in 1997, back in those days it was in vogue planting this short-size producing tree with good yields needed to repay the loan. The name Roma was selected in honor of her 2 children. Gloria is confident of her coffee quality, because it was cultivated under the conditions and requirements that meet specialty coffee standards such as altitude (1475 – 1520 meters above sea level), harvest fully ripe, sandy loam soils, rich in organic matter, among others. In addition to this, pickers were selected from her staff based on their experience and passion, and their understanding on the requirements to obtain high quality coffee. The whole process is supervised directly by Gloria. Her success is dedicated to the memory of her father and grandfather, Jose Maria Rodriguez, who struggled, trusted, and worked with his own hands on these lands, and taught her to love hard work and coffee growing culture.
Location: Canton Palo Verde, Apaneca
Coffee varieties: Bourbón and Caturra (Red & Yellow)
Type of Shade: Pepeto, inga sp, and other native trees.
Average Annual Rainfall: 2,100 mm
Average Temperature: 17º C
Type of Soil: Clay loam
Annual Production: (60kg) 52 bags
Mill and company where lot was process: El Carmen mill, Agricola San Agustin
Fauna: Armadillo, gray fox, agouti, pocket gopher, magpie, turquoise, etc.
Latitude: 13º 52 18.1 N
Longitude: 89º 47 39.6 W
|Farm Name||Nejapa – Tablon Roma|
|Farmer/Rep.||Gloria Mercedes Rodriguez Fontan|
|Size (30kg boxes)||50|
|Program||El Salvador 2009|
|Aroma/Flavor||strawberry kiss of wine, chocolate, caramel|
|Acidity||strawberry, bright, sparkling, Notes Creamy mouthfeel, buttery mouthfeel|
|Processing system||Washed , Sun, dried|
|Coffee Growing Area||8.4|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||3794|
|High bidders||Nippon Coffee Trading Co.,Ltd for Doi Coffee|