El Salvador El Cipres RFA Medium Roast
A delightful washed coffee bean from the Rain Forest Alliance certified El Cipres estate in El Salvador.
The El Cipres Estate is located on the North West slopes of the Picacho Volcano in the Bálsamo-Quezaltepec coffee region, within the municipality of Nejapa, San Salvador. The farm was originally bought in 1880 by Dr. Emilio Alvarez Lalinde, when his family migrated to El Salvador from Colombia. The family brought with them their strong ancestral links and vast knowledge of coffee production. In 1992 the estate was taken over by the Alvares Gallardo family, who brought a new passion and dedication to the farm, working hard to achieve RFA certification, in addition to improving all aspects of the estate.
The estate is made up of 90 hectares of coffee producing land and 5 hectares of natural forest, which has allowed the wildlife to flourish. Starting at 1070 masl, the farm is a long thin strip of land which climbs up to 1,800 masl, producing 3,000 bags annually. El Mirador is a parcel of land made up of 6.5 Hectares (9 Manzanas) and is nestled at the top reaches of the farm between 1,500 - 1,650 masl. The coffee picked is a Bourbon varietal that has been grown under shade in the nutrient rich volcanic soil.
The family are currently going through the process of replacing old coffee plants across the farm and are looking to improve quality and yield for future harvests. In addition to Bourbon, there are also sections of Orange Bourbon and Pacamara in the higher reaches of the estate, which are ready to harvest this year. The estate has also re-introduced the old practice of 'agobia', which involves cutting and growing to improve the yield.
There is a strong emphasis on community at the El Cipres Estate. In addition to their RFA certification, the family strive to ensure all workers are treated with respect and dignity. The permanent staff who live on the farm all year round have their food subsidised by the farm owner and during the picking season, all staff receive daily meals and coffee. The houses of the permanent staff have also been provided with new efficient reduced smoke cooking stoves, in addition to the installation of volcanic stones which act as filters for the wastewater, to reduce pollutants reaching the soils.
Estate: El Cipres - El Mirador
Process: Washed (RFA)
Cup profile: Mandarin & red fruit, caramel, cream & full bodied
Available in 200g or 450g resealable bags.