El Salvador Finca El Carmen Natural
Sweet, Clean & Balanced, Strawberry Vinaigrette & Dark Chocolate
PRE-ORDER, Roasts On 1/26
Tasting Notes: Sweet, Clean & Balanced, Strawberry Vinaigrette & Dark Chocolate
Origins: El Salvador
Region: Apaneca, Illamatepec
Farm: Finca El Carmen
Elevation: 1,300 meters
El Carmen lies in the heart of El Salvador’s main ‘protected highway’ of forest, a part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor System that stretches all the way from Mexico down to Panama. In El Salvador, where more than 80% of the country’s coffee is produced under shade, this eco-system is based mainly in the coffee forest. For this reason, coffee farms such as El Carmen play a vital role as a sanctuary for hundreds of the migratory and native bird species found in this part of the world.
Located at 1,300m above sea level El Carmen is an extremely well-run specialty estate and is managed with scrupulous attention to detail, with great emphasis placed on maintaining the identity of each lot of coffee from the moment its coffee cherries are harvested until the green beans are ready for export. The estate’s coffee is produced under approximately 60% shade cover, which is required for the coffee to ripen evenly.
Our El Carmen is a natural process coffee in which the fruit has been allowed to dry on the bean. This process, coupled with a stringent sorting of the cherries prior to processing, results in a very sweet cup with lots of fruity complexity. Super sweet at first sip, initial flavors of peach and strawberry vinaigrette are tempered by notes of dark fudge as you savor the coffee. Superbly balanced, the mouthfeel boasts a pleasing silkiness, leaving a lingering clean sweetness that combines the best qualities of natural and washed coffees.
Perfect for french press or pour over, we encourage you to reserve a bag of this crowd pleaser, our first White Label of the new year.