The name of the farm, FINCA MALACARA comes from the surname of a legendary character that inhabited that area of the Santa Ana volcano towards the end of the 19th century.
According to historical documents belonging to the Alvarez family, the origin of FINCA MALACARA dates back to 1888 when Rosa Valle, then wife of Francisco Alvarez Lalinde, inherited the property after her father’s death. After Rosa and Francisco both faced an early death, the property then switched hands to Francisco’s older brother, Rafael Alvarez Lalinde. With his heightened knowledge of coffee cultivation and tireless dedication Rafael was able to transform FINCA MALACARA into one of the best coffee producing farms of its time.
Rafael wanted to change the farm’s name to Medellin, in honor of his homeland, Colombia. Yet the MALACARA name was engraved in the minds of everyone in the area and therefore the farm still holds that name to this day. Under Rafael’s management in 1920, FINCA MALACARA becomes the main headquarters for the rest of the farms owned by the Alvarez family on the Santa Ana volcano. Due to its location and its blessed cultivation rate it is chosen as the sight to build a manor house from where the farm and other properties would be run.
Rafael’s youngest son, Samuel Alvarez Angel, later inherited the farm. He managed it for some time but eventually the property was willed down to his three children: Samuel, Arturo and Emma Alvarez Meza. This is the reason why the property is currently sub-divided into three separate lots which are: MALACARA A, B and C.
Rafael Alvarez Lalinde Samuel Alvarez Ángel Samuel Alvarez Meza
Since 2005, José Guillermo (Epe) and his sister Maria de los Angeles Alvarez Prunera, fourth generation, are the current owners and administrators of “FINCA MALACARA Lote A”. The farm is managed by PERGAMINO S.A. de C.V., a company run by the Alvarez brother and sister, dedicated to the production and commercialization of optimal quality coffee.
José Guillermo María de los Angeles