Diego Llach is a 4th generation coffee producer. He manages Wild Forest Coffee, a company that focuses on producing unique high quality coffee through the strictest social and ecological practices. Awarded by the Rainforest Alliance as a sustainable standard setter, for his efforts in promoting this responsable way of farming in his country and abroad. His key focus is innovation; creating new coffee varieties, unique farm management strategies and processing methods. All in the effort to create better tasting coffee while protecting de fertility and biodiversity of the land.
The Arsosala washing station currently serves about 1,200 smallholder producers (normally less than 1 hectare of land per producer) in the Urga woreda (district) of Guji. While most coffee in this region is a mix of wild and unspecified varieties (“Heir-loom”), Arsosala has cultivated Typica and Bourbon varieties which are genetically different from the varieties found in Central and South America.
Coffees are picked ripe and dried on raised beds. It typically takes 8–15 days to dry under sun and 15–20 days to dry when there are cloudy skies.
Women owned, part of the AIDA BATLLE SELECTION program coffee.
A fourth-generation grower manages the three farms that fall under K-FE and with her son Jaime Quiros who is responsible for the commercialization. This operation is inspired by the vision and legacy left by her great -grand parent, James Hill a coffee industry leader producer and exporter who migrated from Manchester, England to El Salvador adopting El Salvador as his own. James Hill is to this day still considered a pioneer in bringing the Bourbon Arabica variety to El Salvador.
Located in Santa Ana, Apaneca- Ilamatepec Mountain range, an area meticulously chosen by our ancestor for its volcanic and fertile land as well for its diverse micro climates.
This was one of the most important factors taken in consideration to establish his trade of the Arabiga coffee. This area is also known as the Golden Belt, above Lago de Coatepeque which makes for spectacular views.