El Salvador - the smallest country in Central America - is becoming a new powerhouse of speciality coffee. With volcanoes dotted generously throughout the country it has plenty of the rich soil that coffee loves to grown in, a perfect climate and an expanding coffee producing skills base.
We are proud to present another coffee from a farm we love - Los Pirineos - run by Gilberto Baraona, a 4th generation coffee farmer (who also may have the world's best most beautiful coffee producer Instagram).
Bourbon is one of the more widely grown varieties of Arabica coffee. It's a natural mutation of the older 'Typica' variety and is prized for it's figgy sweetness and gentle brightness. It's balanced with a smooth texture and a sweet, just-right finish. Over half of all coffee grown in El Salvador is of the bourbon variety.
(Fun fact: the name 'Bourbon' originates from the Indian Ocean - when a cutting of 'Typica' coffee was planted and spontaneously mutated in the soil of Bourbon Island (nowadays called Réunion).
The Farm: Los Pirineos
The 'Los Pirineos' farm is located at 1450 meters above sea level near the top of the Tecepa Volcano in the south-east of El Salvador. (It is named after the Pyrenees mountains in Europe as the terrain looks similar to the mountains between France and Spain).
The farm has been in the Baraona Family for more than 120 years, since the family first moved there in 1880. Gilberto, one of the 3rd generation of coffee farmers from the Baraona family, now owns the farm and has designed and built the most modern specialty coffee mill in the whole of El Salvador. All of the processing takes place on the farm, and Gilberto oversees all aspects of production with a meticulous eye for detail.
The farm and mill have 50 full-time employees and they take on a further 75 during the peak of the harvest. Gilberto’s obsession with quality means he pays well above the legal minimum wages to all his staff. He requires far more precision and attention to detail than the average coffee farm and so he has invested time and money in the people who manage the processing. As a result of the training and support he offers, even his temporary staff are consistent from year to year.
Complex, very smooth & delicate body, fruit driven, pear, chocolate, apricot juice, white grapes, lychee in finish.
Clean and light, very fresh natural.
Cupping Score - 88
Any score over 80 means that a coffee is considered 'speciality'. Over 85 and it's really something special. This coffee has been awarded a cupping score of 88 (by a Q-Grader, licensed by the Speciality Coffee Association).
Muttley & Jack's Coffee Roasters
Muttley & Jack’s is a prize winning coffee roastery based in Stockholm. Each month members receive a box of freshly roasted specialty grade coffee with an education pack to help coffee lovers and the coffee curious get more out of their coffee.
The 'Coffee Experience' packages together speciality coffee, travel and education. Discover more about 'Coffee Experience' membership.