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Origin Information

Grower
Anny Ruth Pimental | Beneficio Loma | Las 5 Manzanas
Variety
Orange bourbon
Region
El Boquerón, Quetzaltepec, La Libertad, El Salvador
Harvest
February - March
Altitude
1500 - 1600 masl
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Full natural and dried in the sun on patios and elevated tables
Certifications

Background Details

El Salvador is a country enjoying a coffee renaissance. The civil war has been over for nearly three decades and subsequent decades of violence has begun to wane. Leaf rust is ever present, but renovation strategies have curbed the crisis. Almost everybody here possesses the coffee know-how drawn from three or four generations. There are simply no limits to the ways this generation of El Salvadoran producers has embraced the specialty coffee market with the duality of tradition and innovation. This is exactly the way Anny Ruth Pimentel has managed her family’s estate in El Boqueron on the Quezaltepec Volcano. She continues to cultivate traditional varieties like Bourbon and relies on shade trees to protect the ecology of the estate. During the harvest a great deal of care and focus is dedicated to instituting careful brix measurements to understand optimum ripeness before picking. The harvest is so precise that every lot can be traced to a specific day and section of the estate. This particular lot of Orange Bourbon was selected from a section of the estate called 5 manzanas (a reference to the plot size of nearly 9 acres). Anny Ruth also takes steps, uncommon in El Salvador, to control the entire post-harvest operation all the way through exporting and marketing. Harvested cherries are taken to a fully equipped mill called Loma La Gloria located at the bottom of the estate. Using recirculating water, the harvested cherries are floated to remove less dense and damaged coffee. Access to water is so limited that all of the coffee at Loma La Gloria is processed without water either as a honey or a natural. This particular natural processed lot was expertly dried over a period of 26 days using patios and raised beds. The dried coffee is stored, evaluated at the cupping lab and then milled for export, which all takes place at Loma La Gloria.