Is a fourth generation coffee grower and lover. She has been consistently awarded in every CoE competition since 2007 for her commitment to quality. Being a woman of great spirit and experience, her role as a female grower has never been easy, but she always finds a solution with a positive attitude and proactiveness. She owns and personally supervises five small farms located in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range: San José, El Porvenir, Nejapa, Nueva Granada and La Lagunita. This was the first year she entered La Lagunita to compete at the CoE competition.
Surrounding the Nymph Lagoon, a volcanic crater at the top of the Apaneca Hill, Finca La Lagunita is located at 1,650 m.a.s.l. Within its 4.9 hectares, only 3.5 are dedicated to coffee, grown to heirloom Bourbón variety. The top of the hill, has been kept as a native forest, a sanctuary of hundred years old trees and many birds and animals that blows the visitor’s mind.
This piece of land was Gloria’s first farm, and she holds it very dear. When her father, José María Rodríguez decided in 1975 it was time for her to learn all the responsabilities of coffee farming, he symbolically presented her with his higher altitude farm: La Lagunita. What he intended was for her to learn and work with him side by side. The wiseman’s plan was to have her only daughter earn her own money to pay for her university and expenses, making it a case for Gloria to be near and vigilant of her own crop.
Being such a small farm, it has entered into a strong program of rehabilitation to renew some of the exhausted tissue. Careful selective pruning and steam and root bending (agobios) are some of the cultural practices performed for two years now. Every year, Gloria’s farms employ nearly 65 people during harvest, and all year round she manages a permanent “winter works” team of 15 to 17 people. The idea is to have a solid trained and skilled working group that receive better wages and working conditions.
13° 52′ 26.81″ N
89° 47′ 57.26″ W
|Farm Name||La Lagunita|
|Farmer/Rep.||Gloria Mercedes Rodriguez Fontan|
|Size (30kg boxes)||18|
|Program||El Salvador 2013|
|Aroma/Flavor||lemon zest, perfumed, jasmine, fragrant, fresh, cherries and plums|
|Acidity||crisp, lactic, complex, refine, refreshing, clean kiwi|
|Other||Body: big body, creamy|
|Coffee Growing Area||3.52 hectares|
|Farm Size||3.52 hectares|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||1203|
|High bidders||Wataru & Co., Ltd.|