Finca Bonanza is situated in the municipality of Santa Ana on the foothills of the Ilamatepec Volcano (or Santa Ana
Volcano as it now more commonly known) in the Apaneca Mountain range of western El Salvador. It is owned by
Joe Molina but was established by his uncle, Salvador Portillo, during the 1950s. This 10.5 hectares farm has a
diverse range of flora and fauna; humming birds, orioles, owls, laughing falcons and migratory birds of many
species. There are armadillos, wildcats, deer, possum and snakes all living amongst the trees of bourbon coffee,
cypress, mescal, inga, walnut and avocado.
The coffee is handpicked between January and March then trucked down the mountains to the mill at El Borbollon just outside the town of Santa Ana. The coffee is then pulped and left to ferment for bewteen 13-15 hours overnight usually.The fermented beans are then moved to a washing machine where fresh water is used to remove any remaining mucilage and prepare the beans for the drying patios. All water is recycled and is used to move fresh cherries around the wet mill. The washed beans are then taken to the drying patios and kept separate by lot. They will dry there for around 8-10 days.