Country: El Salvador
Region: Cantón Alvarez
Varietal: Bourbon Typica, Pacas
Farm: Finca Montevideo
Altitude: 1,250 - 1,600 MASL
Cupping Notes: Black Cherry, Orange, Green Apple, Vanilla Cake
Description: Finca Montevideo has been producing coffee in Cantón Alvarez for decades, but it was only three years ago that Alberto Guirola took ownership, with an interest in entering the world of specialty coffee. He started by partnering with El Borbollon, an export group with over 100 years of experience growing and exporting coffee in El Salvador — not a bad place to start. Together they have turned Finca Montevideo into a 140 hectare oasis for coffee. While this lot is made up of Bourbon, Typica, and Pacas varieties, Alberto has recently planted small plots of Pacamara and Geisha varieties as well. We hope to visit the farm in upcoming harvests, but for now we have to rely on pictures of the breathtaking views, overseeing the pacific shoreline and a chain of volcanoes 🌋😍. El Balsamo-Quetzaltepec is one of the six coffee growing regions in El Salvador, it’s cool climate and volcanic soil produce 25% of El Salvadorian coffee. Once pickers harvest only the ripest cherries, this lot was sun dried on raised beds for 23 days.
After cupping offer samples from this farm (and Santa Maria) we specifically requested any other lots we could get onto this container. We’re glad that we asked, because the natural offer that showed up was impossible to say no to. This one jumped off the table in the arrival cupping with notes of Black Cherry and Orange, brightness of a Green Apple, and a lingering sweetness like Vanilla Cake.