Los Pirineos (El Salvador) Coffee 250g
Tasting notes: Caramel, candied orange, roasted almonds
Altitude: 1200-1550 masl
Process: Fully Washed
This coffee is a micro lot from Los Pirineos Coffee farm which has been in the Baraona Family since 1880 and is located at the top of the Tecapa Volcano, in the Tecapa Chinameca Coffee Region. Owner Gilberto Baraona is an 8 time winner of the Cup of Excellence in El Salvador. The farm has been the experimental ground for several new varietal projects, such as the Central America F1 variety. Currently Los Pirineos is starting to grow more than 10 new varietals that will start producing in 2017. New varietals include Orange Pacamara, Geisha, Bourbon Elite, Bourbon Laurina, Javas, and Kenya. For the lowers altitudes below 1200 meters varietals such as Castillo Naranjal, Costa Rica 95, Lempira, Obata, and Casiopea.
The farm and Mill have 50 full time employees taking on a further 75 during the peak of the harvest. Gilberto’s obsession with quality means he pays well above the legal minimum wages to all his staff. He requires far more precision and attention to detail than the average coffee farm and so must invest time and money in the people who manage the processing. As a result of the training and support he offers even his temporary staff are consistent from year to year.
Gilberto’s dedication to quality is uncompromising. He has the largest coffee seed bank in private hands in El Salvador and is constantly testing and exploring new options for unique cup character.
Check out the video of the processing at Los Pirineos: