Rounton - El Salvador / Nicaragua [DECAF]
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El Cipres estate, Bálsamo-Quezaltepec in the San Salvador region of El Salvador.
Santa Maria De Lourdes estate, San Fernando in the Nueva Segovia region of Nicaragua
Bourbon / Catuai & Caturra
Washed and CO2 Decaffeinated
1070 - 1800 masl
1350 - 1550 masl
Notes of Milk Chocolate, Orange and Hazelnut with a creamy finish
SCA Score - 82
The El Cipres Estate is located on the North West slopes of the Picacho Volcano in the Bálsamo-Quezaltepec coffee region, within the municipality of Nejapa, San Salvador. The farm was
originally bought in 1880 by Dr. Emilio Alvarez Lalinde, when his family migrated to El Salvador from Colombia. The family brought with them their strong ancestral links and vast knowledge of coffee production. In 1992 the estate was taken over by the Alvares Gallardo family, who brought a new passion and dedication to the farm, working hard to achieve RFA certification, in addition to improving all aspects of the estate.
The estate is made up of 90 hectares of coffee producing land and 5 hectares of natural forest, which has allowed the wildlife to flourish. Starting at 1070 masl, the farm is a long thin strip of land which climbs up to 1800 masl, producing 3000 bags annually. El Mirador is a parcel of land made up of 6.5 Hectares (9 Manzanas) and is nestled at the top reaches of the farm between 1500 - 1650 masl. The coffee picked is a Bourbon varietal that has been grown under shade in the nutrient rich volcanic soil.
The family are currently going through the process of replacing old coffee plants across the farm and are looking to improve quality and yield for future harvests. In addition to Bourbon, there are also sections of Orange Bourbon and Pacamara in the higher reaches of the estate, which are ready to harvest this year. The estate has also re-introduced the old practice of 'agobia', which involves cutting and growing to improve the yield.
The municipality of San Fernando is located around 24 kilometres from the region’s capital, Ocotal and of the 10,000 residents; the vast majority are coffee farmers. Situated in the Nueva Segovia region at altitudes ranging from 1350 to 1550 metres above sea level, Santa Maria de Lourdes embodies a diverse range of luscious vegetation and wildlife brought about by high levels of annual rainfall.
The 50 hectares of natural mountainous forest has been under the ownership of Octavio Peralta since 1970, though for many years the area was used as war land during the Sandinista uprising and was heavily mined. The UN cleared the area of mines in the late 1980’s and Octavio began to restore exceptional coffee production to this relatively wild area in 1994. Octavio has been dedicated to this cause as well as preserving the natural habitat which is recognised as a main factor in the production of his fantastic coffee. Of the 80 hectares of available arable land, 40 have been set aside for the sole purpose of maintaining and improving the natural habitat.
There is a well equipped kitchen onsite which caters for the 60 permanent workers and 150 pickers during the harvest. The varietals found here include Caturra, Catuai, Java and Pacamara.