Finca Los Amates, located in the southern part of the Apaneca mountain range, in the department of Ahuachapan, west part of El Salvador, has belonged to the same family for four generations. The cultural practices that produce exceptional coffees have been passed down from parents to children, in the case of both owners and employees. In order to protect the environment, the Los Amates mill functions without external electrical connections. It generates its own energy instead from the flow of a nearby river. The river's pure, crystalline water, which comes from a spectacular spring inside Los Amates itself, is also used in the pulp removal process. This is an important natural reserve for the local wildlife, including raccoons, squirrels, armadillos, and wildcats as well as numerous plant species that thrive there.