Being an early bird, I need a great kick in the morning with a sweet and fruity cup. I wanted to source a coffee that gives me a round and sweet cup with a fruity top. This coffee is my go-to before heading to the gym or to a run. Expect a caramelized red apple with grapefruit and a vibrant acidity"
About the farm
It would seem logical that the smallest Central American coffee-growing country would produce microlots, but historically, much of the coffee was blended and sold to mills, without much lot differentiation and separation. The rise of specialty coffee in El Salvador has inspired many producers to start to identify and isolate individual varieties, and to experiment with sorting and processing, as a way of attracting buyers and getting higher prices, but access to those resources can still be difficult for smaller growers.
For the past few years, Café Imports green buyer Piero Cristiani—who is from El Salvador, and whose mother has a long history in coffee there—has embarked on a project designed to identify, reward, and bring to market the exceptional results of the hard, innovative work that producers are increasingly interested in doing here. Focusing on the region of Chalatenango, Piero has partnered with a cupper and a local mill to buy small, select microlots from producers—some separated by variety, some by process, and some by both.
This coffee has been selected with hand sorting and bagging to allow more quality control as well as the ability to package some of these very special small lots in custom 35-kilo Pequeños bags.
Maria Rivera owns the 2-manzana farm Las Quebradas, where she grows Pacamara variety under a cover of shade. She has about 2,800 trees, and is sure to pick the coffee ripe. After harvesting, the coffee is depulped the same day and fermented for 12–14 hours. It's washed twice to remove the mucilage, and dried on raised beds for 18–22 days, weather permitting.
We are proud to offer these micro-microlots, and can’t wait for you to experience the delicious stuff that comes in these chubby beans.
EL SALVADOR - MARIA RIVERA MICROLOT
PRODUCER - Maria Rivera
COUNTRY - El Salvador
REGIONS - Chalatenango
VARIETY - Pacamara, Arabica
PROCESS - Washed
ELEVATION - 1,500 meters masl
HARVEST - February 2020
TASTING NOTES - Red apple, grapefruit, caramel, vibrant, syrupy & smooth finish