This is part of a project with an El Salvadorian producer, Jose Antonio Salaverria and his family. He has three large pieces of land with coffee production around the Santa Ana volcano in El Salvador. The coffees are all processed at their central mill, Las Cruces, that’s owned by the same family. Their coffee growing areas consist of a great number of farms he has inherited or bought over the last few years, but up until now they have not separated the coffees according to the different farms.
They have separated out 10 small farms and blocks where we will do extensive work on quality, and Guadalupe is one of them. This is part of a long-term project where we, together with the producer, will try to optimize quality by changing the process to prepare a different and value added product. It’s done by changing the processing and drying methods as well as increase the lot traceability and separation.
For more info visit: The Las Cruces project
Farm: La Ilusion
Wet mill: Las Cruces
Region: Apaneca Ilamatepec, Santa Ana Region
Altitude: 1650 masl
Producer: Jose Antonio Salaverria
Varietals: Bourbon, Pacamara
Grade: Screen 16 up, zero defects.
Production: Pulped and demucilaged with Jotagallo eco pulpers. Soaked and patio dried
Process: Well-trained pickers are given good incentives to select ripe cherries only. The coffee is brought down to the Las Cruces wet mill some kilometers down the road in the afternoon to be processed. They use new Jotagallo eco pulpers with mechanical demucilager to remove the skin, pulp and about 70% of the mucilage. The parchment is soaked over night in clean water before it’s washed. The parchment comes out bright and clean with no residue of mucilage.
Drying: Sun dried on clay patio 8 – 12 days. The coffees are piled up and covered with plastic at mid day and at night.
Soil: Volcanic soils
Notes: The farm is in an area well known for sweet, delicate and classic El Salvadorian coffees. The soil, weather conditions, varietals and altitude all contribute to the uniqueness of the product. The producer is known to be innovative in ways of processing and farming. He is also a Co-founder in of Huisil, a locally made organic fertilizer he now uses together with traditional fertilizers—with great results!
Cupping notes: Red grapes and cherry aroma. Currant, blackberry-like acidity. Plum, red fruit notes and sweet cherry flavors. Rounded, but juicy and delicate. Good acidity, complexity and fruit intensity. The overall impression is a sweet, transparent and balanced, slight fruit driven cup.
Download information: La Ilusion fact sheet