pear/ripe apple, cocoa nib, apricot in cup, balanced fruits, sharper acidity, heavy body
Bourbon, Caturra, Pacas, Sarchimor, Catimor
Fermentation Time (unless honey or natural)
Meters Above Sea Level
Finca Rumania and it’s sister farm, Finca Hungría, share a border and are farmed as one. They are located in the town of El Congo in the department of Santa Ana, El Salvador. Established as coffee plantations in 1930´s, these farms are run as a family business. The farms are managed as an agroforest - completely planted with coffee growing under the shade of giant cedar, oak, and balsam trees. The coffee varieties planted are bourbon, caturra, pacas, catimor and sarchimor.
Nestled in the Apaneca – Ilamatepeque mountain range, which is known for its rich volcanic soils, the farms are located in close proximity to Lago Coatepeque, a gorgeous volcanic crater lake. In the lakes southwest corner is Teopan Island - a sacred site for ancient Mayans. The Llamatapeque Volcano (aka Santa Ana Volcano) is the highest volcano in El Salvador.
Prior to 2005, the Santa Ana volcano had not erupted since 1904. During the epic volcanic eruption in 2005 when the stratovolcano spat lava and rocks the size of cars for up to 1.5 kilometers, it also covered the fincas with layers of volcanic ash. The ash made the soil acid and naturally rich; while acid soil is toxic for coffee trees it also allowed the transition to organic production and since then, the farms have been maintained without any chemical substances or fertilizers. Fincas Rumanía & Hungria were certified 8 years ago as Organic, Rainforest Alliance, and SMBC Bird-friendly farms.
Central America was severely affected by coffee rust in 2012 and decimated many small farms across the region. Due to the 2005 volcanic eruption, Finca Rumania & Hungria were re-planted years before with varieties resistant to the destructive rust or “la roya”, so the farms where not affected by the mold plague and production remained stable.
The fincas conserve a natural rainforest, which is habitat for innumerable animal species including many, many migratory birds.