El Salvador Vicente Rafael Diaz - Pacas Variety
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Origin: El Salvador
Altitude: 1350 Meters
Historically, many coffees in El Salvador have been blended and sold to mills without much lot differentiation or separation. With the rise of specialty coffee globally, many producers have started to identify and focus on growing individual varieties, and to experiment with sorting and processing, with the end result of some amazing coffees. In theory, this should attract much higher prices and the right buyers, but the problem has been market access.
This nanolot is the result of a special project that our importing partner, Cafe Imports, has embarked on over the last few years. The goal has been to identify coffees of exceptional quality, and then reward that quality with both high prices and market access! Focusing on the Chalatenango region, Cafe Imports has partnered with a local cupper and a local mill to buy small, select microlots from producers—some separated by variety, some by process, and some by both. They are buying the coffee in parchment and doing the ruling and final sorting and bagging themselves, which allows for more quality control as well as the ability to package some of these very special small lots in custom smaller bags, to create more widespread access to these coffees to roasters of all sizes.
Finca El Derrumbo is owned by Vicente Rafael Diaz, who is committed to selectively harvesting his cherries to ensure they are at uniform ripeness for best quality. After picking the coffee, he depulps it the same day, ferments it dry for 10–12 hours, and then washes it before moving it to patios to dry for 9–13 days.
This Pacas lot is the first of two variety-specific lots that we will be offering this year from Mr. Diaz. It features a ton of almond and raisin flavors with brown sugar and date sweetness and a heavy, buttery body. Fantastic!
All coffees are available in whole bean only.
We roast and ship Monday through Thursday. Orders placed by midnight will be roasted and shipped the next roast day. Orders placed Thursdays or later will be rolled to the next Monday.