El Velo is the newest of Hacienda La Esmeralda’s farms, purchased in 2012. This 50 hectares farm is the only one that is flattened out into rows. The farm is planted with Geisha and Catuai varieties in production, as well as tiny lots of more exotics varieties like Laurina, Pacamara, Mocca and SL28, along with some 400+ other accessions obtained from CATIE as part of a long-term exploration of commercial viability.
The farm is planted from 1,650-1,900 masl, though the land continues up the mountain all the way to 2,900 masl, where there is a nature reserve home to the famous Quetzal and other endangered birds.
El Velo farm has been Rainforest Alliance Certified, attesting to the care and consideration at the base of all Esmeralda Coffees.