Blue Bean Coffee - El Salvador
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El Cipres farm in Bálsamo-Quezaltepec, within the San Salvador department of El Salvador
1070 - 1800 masl
Blue Bean Coffee
Notes of Rum & Raisin, Raw Honey and Forest Fruits
Sourced from a single farm, this coffee has been roasted to a medium/light profile, showcasing flavours of rum & raisin which offers a creamy and boozy body. Forest fruits offer a light juicy acidity and raw honey which brings a natural sweetness.
The farm 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.
There is a strong emphasis on community at the El Cipres Estate. In addition to their RFA certification, the family strive to ensure all workers are treated with respect and dignity. The permanent staff who live on the farm all year round have their food subsidised by the farm owner and during the picking season, all staff receive daily meals and coffee. The houses of the permanent staff have also been provided with new efficient reduced smoke cooking stoves, in addition to the installation of volcanic stones which act as filters for the wastewater, to reduce pollutants reaching the soils.