04 LATIN AMERICA
100% EL SALVADOR METAPAN
Black Currant, Candied Orange Peel, Nougat
El Salvador’s Metapan district, translated in Nahuatl to “River of the Maguey” sits in the northern part of the Santa Ana district and is nestled in the Alotepec-Metapan Mountain Range. This mountain range has extremely fertile soil that allows coffee and agave to flourish. The farmers and communities Lagunetas in Metapan El Salvador have had a lot of struggles with coffee production and access to market; from inconsistent yields and devastation of coffee leaf rust to aggregators paying unsustainable prices. Three years ago, Alejandro Valiente began working with farmers from this micro region on plant health, wet milling and drying practices as well as access to international markets. This offering is the collective efforts of six producers in the Metapan region. All of these farmers have small lots ranging from 1.5 hectares to 3.5 hectares. During the harvest period of January to March, coffee is depulped the same day that it is picked and then undergoes a fermentation period between 28-36 hours. Immediately following the fermentation period, the tanks are drained, the coffee is rinsed with fresh water and is taken out to patios to dry for a period in the sun. The beans are then transferred to shaded, raised beds made of a fine mesh stretched between wood frames, which allow for even drying. We were impressed by the balance of this coffee—there’s a nougat sweetness that plays nicely with the red currant-like acidity. Alejandro Valiente, of Café Nor, helped to connect us with this offering, as well as some of our other gems from El Salvador. We hope you find this as exceptional and approachable, as we did!