In Usulatan, on top of the Tepeca volcano, you can find Los Pirineos owned by the producer Gilberto Baraona. It’s located on a volcanic mountain range surrounded by the cities of Berlin, Santiago de Maria and Joy. The cultivation of coffee at the farm was started in 1890 and according to family accounts, the original seeds of the property, and the mother plants were imported from Antigua Guatemala.

The coffee is separated into small to medium sized batches based up on different parts of the farm and coffee varietals. Currently the farm cultivates the varietals Bourbon Elite, Pacas and Pacamara, but the farm has also taken part in a Procafe project growing different varietals. As a result they have plots of native coffee trees, natural mutants and hybrids originated from all over the world.

Los Pirineos farm was one of the pioneers in El Salvador to build its own Micro Coffee Mill. The producer still experiments with processing and drying methods. For the coffees purchased this year we did a trial on soaking after the coffees were pulped and demucilaged, and with great success flavorwise.

This particular lot was produced by one of Gilberto’s neighbors, Roberto Schonemberg, whose farm is called San Juan. Cherries are delivered to Los Pirineos mill and processed there.

The farm is in an area with a great cool climate for slow maturation, good rainfall and Fertile volcanic soils. Los Pirineos employs more than 30 people on a permanent basis, whom receive a salary way higher than the established minimum wage. They are given good incentives to increase the quality of the process and cherry picking.

Coffee Los Pirineos San Juan, El Salvador
Farm San Juan
Producer Roberto Schonemberg, Gilberto Baraona
Variety Bourbon Elite
Process Semi washed and sun dried
Altitude 1485 m
Region Usultan, Berlin
Country El Salvador
Harvest 2015

Cupping Notes

Creamy texture covering the palate, dark chocolate and apple sweetness, a clean finish reminiscent of bitter almond cookies

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