El Salvador Finca Los Pinos Filter Coffee

$ 19.00$ 50.00

Nougat, raspberry, creamy & malty with a smooth mouthfeel.

Producer: Jorge René Landaverde
Region: La Montanita, El Tunel, Chalatenango
Variety: Pacas
Process: Honey
Altitude: 1,400 masl


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Jorge René Landaverde owns a 3-manzana farm called Los Pinos, where he grows Pacas variety. The coffee is picked ripe and depulped the same day, then dried on beds and patios for 12–16 days.

The Pacas variety has a single-gene mutation that causes the plant to grow smaller – a dwarf mutation of Bourbon. The plant’s small size leads to higher potential yields and the possibility of growing plants closer to increase the cherry production on a farm.

This coffee comes from the small, relatively remote area of Chalatenango, El Salvador. While the farms are small (like, really small—most of them smaller than 1 or 2 hectares), the climate and varieties as well as the processing and attention to detail make the work of discovering and purchasing these coffees worth it. The farmers of Chalatenango form a somewhat close-knit community group.

Our supplier has been criticised by some Santa Ana producers as to why they are buying coffee in this area. One producer asked them why they are buying directly from producers and not through an exporter; the answer is simple—to access the best qualities.

El Salvador is more than a country where coffee happens to be grown – in many ways, it is a country created on coffee, as the crop is heavily woven into El Salvador’s history, culture, economy and ecology.

The country’s climate is well suited for creating delicious coffees, with its six month long wet and dry seasons, various mountain ranges and volcanoes and extensive shade canopy’s. Coffee has had an undeservingly poor reputation for years, marred mostly by the inability to deliver coffee of a higher enough quality in an unstable political climate. Unfortunately, agriculture is the first to suffer during a revolution, since it requires years to rebuild a farm if it is neglected. In El Salvador the coffee trade, like the government in general, was controlled by a ruling elite; a handful of wealthy families that operated many farms. El Salvador had tended towards the right politically, and the smaller coffee farmer and coffee workers fared poorly in this climate.

Coffee is grown in five geographical areas of the country, which differ from one another mainly in terms of altitude and flavour characteristics.