El Salvador - Ismael Flores

Sweet and tart, smooth mouthfeel, peanut aftertaste

Origin: El Salvador
Region: El Túnel, La Palma, Chalatenango
Farm: Finca La Benedición
Variety: Pacas
Processing Method: Washed

Finca La Benedición took 2nd place in the 2015 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, and the quality shown in the lots from here easily illustrates why it placed so high. Producer Ismael Flores grows mostly Pacamara, Bourbon, and Pacas on the 5 manzanas of Finca La Benedición, and he processes his coffees as Washed and Honeys, paying meticulous attention to his processes and displaying his passion for coffee. The Washed coffees are picked, depulped, fermented dry for 14–18 hours, and then dried for 13–20 days on patios. The Honeys are picked, depulped, and dried on raised beds for 13–20 days as well.

While production has been hampered a little by coffee-leaf rust and by weather, Ismael is able to produce up to 130 quintales (about 22x150 lb bags). Access to and from the farm is difficult, however, and bad weather can limit the use of local roads.

Ismael has been growing and working in coffee for 15 years, and he considers coffee to be a stable source of income for his family, as well as "a nice way to give sustenance that drives us to get ahead."

Please note that orders must be received by Wednesday noon (central time) in order to ship by the end of the week

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