North Star - El Salvador
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Alberto Ochoa, María Zoila Piñeda, Orlando Aguilar, Jose Alfonso Rodriguez farms in the Chalatenango region of Northern El Salvador
Bourbon & Pacas
1400 - 1600 masl
Notes of Plum, Tangerine, Caramel and Milk Chocolate
El Salvador is a land of volcanoes, many of them still active, which means there is an abundance of fertile soil and high altitude – perfect conditions for growing high quality coffee.
For the last few years we have been working with an incredible group of smallholder farmers who are committed to the principles of specialty coffee production in the lesser known northern region of Chalatenango. We first came across this coffee during a trip to El Salvador in 2017 and have been working alongside Alfonso, Maria, Jose and Orlando ever since. Their coffee gets better each year and we are committed to purchasing their full production of specialty grade coffee due to their admirable dedication to their crop and land. This coffee is high grown in comparison to much of El Salvador and as such experiences a later harvest. Another unique factor is that the coffee is washed on site as opposed to being taken to a centralised wet mill. This means the producers themselves can maintain control over the flavour profile and quality of their coffee and they are invited to cup each lot at the lab in La Palma to receive feedback from the expert cuppers there. The farms that have contributed towards this lot are beautiful and are run with care and consideration for the environment and farm workers.
Read more here about the North Star funded project we have set up!: https://www.northstarroast.com/an-intro-to-our-el-salvador-chelazos-origin-project/
These producers are going against the grain in their local community and are totally committed to raising the quality of their crop. We feel their coffee holds great potential for the future and are delighted to be partnering with these pioneering producers, investing in what they are doing by contributing funds towards the construction of quality improvement initiatives.
This year’s crop is deliciously sweet with notes of plum, tangerine and caramel – there are undertones of creamy milk chocolate too which make this coffee suited to a wide range of brew methods ranging from espresso through to filter.