Farm: El Zapote
Owner: Julio Roberto Melendez
Perez and Christel
Schleehauf de Meléndez
Harvest period: November – March
Processing: Wet Milling and sun dried on patios
Size of Finca: 52 Hectares
Altitude: 1400 – 1550 masl
Rainfall: 1300 – 1800 ml
Temperature: 12 – 27ºC
Water supply: Natural spring water / rain water
Soil: Loamy Clay
Shade Trees: Gravilea, Ingas, and native trees
The name ‘El Zapote’ was given to the farm as there were many Zapote trees (local fruit trees) in the area. Julio and Christel are the 4th generation of producers of this farm. Originally, before converting to a coffee farm, the land was used for cattle and sugar cane production.
All processing and quality control is closely monitored at the farm, with great care for the environment. The family is looking for ways to process more efficiently save more on energy and water in the future.