Limited Edition - El Salvador
Introducing our newest single-origin coffee, this VERY limited edition honey process lot is sourced from La Arada farm in Los Llanitos, San Fernando, Chalatenango in El Salvador.
* 2023 Cup of Excellence winner #5*
In the Chalatenango region, near the border of Honduras, is La Arada, a farm owned and managed by Cristobal Cartagena Santamaria. He is 55 years old and has seven children, four of which currently live with him and his wife. Cristobal’s life is in farming, growing not only coffee, but also tomato, ejote, loroco, and some various fruit trees. He purchased the farm back in 1992 and has worked diligently to improve the lands to grow excellent quality coffee.
La Arada is filled with varietals such as Bourbon, Pacamara, and Paquita. It is named La Arada, because it translates to ‘flat place,’ referring to this plateau where the coffee grows. Other trees such as orange, pepeto, guamo, jocote corona, nances, guineos, lemons, paternas, zapotes, mangos, and mandarins all grow on the land. These trees provide shade for the coffee whilst also helping improve soil health.
Thanks to his hard work and dedication, Cristobal successfully won fifth place at the 2023 Cup of Excellence in El Salvador with his Honey Pacamara.
For this lot, during the harvest, the cherries are carefully handpicked, only when at peak ripeness. The coffee is then sorted, washed, and pulped to remove the external fruit, leaving a remaining layer of sticky mucilage. The coffee is then dispersed on raised beds to dry in the open sun. The coffee is shaken three times a day to prevent the growth of mould and covered at night to reduce humidity. Once the coffee is at the ideal moisture content, it is bagged and rested before being delivered to the dry mill to be hulled
Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious competition and award for high quality coffees. The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the specialty coffee industry. Each year, thousands of coffees are submitted for consideration, with winning coffees sold in global online auctions at premium prices, with the vast majority of auction proceeds going to the farmers.
The competition is rigorous, with cupping evaluations conducted over a three-week process by industry experts: first by a National Jury of about a dozen qualified jurors from the origin country, and then by an International Jury, comprised of approximately 20-25 experienced jurors from around the world.
Origin: El Salvador
Farm/Co-op: Cristobal Cartagena Santamaria at La Arada Farm
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