We have been buying coffee from El Salvador Los Pirineos coffee farm since our import partners, Falcon Specialty, started bringing the coffee in to the UK. This coffee, Lot 3, was selected for one of our clients espresso programme’s. However, we enjoyed the coffee so much, that we bought a couple extra bags to allow us to release this in to our portfolio for you to enjoy too!
Los Pirineos Coffee farm has been in the Baraona Family since 1880. The current owner, Gilberto Baraona is a 15 times winner of Cup of Excellence in El Salvador, 6 of which were in the top ten. The Farm is located at the top of the Tecapa Volcano, in the Tecapa Chinameca Coffee Region. The farm has been the experimental ground for several new varietal projects, such as the Central America F1 variety. Currently Los Pirineos is starting to grow more than 10 new varietals that will start producing in 2017. New varietals include Orange Pacamara, Geisha, Bourbon Elite, Bourbon Laurina, Javas, and Kenya. For the lowers altitudes below 1200 meters varietals such as Castillo Naranjal, Costa Rica 95, Lempira, Obata, and Casiopea. Gilberto has a seed garden of 69 varieties and is also now becoming a verified seed distributor of Pacamara, Tekisic & Catisic for World Coffee Research.
The farm and Mill have 50 full time employees taking 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 must invest time and money in the people who manage the processing. Due to the training and support he offers, even his temporary staff are consistent from year to year.
Gilberto’s dedication to quality is uncompromising. He has the largest coffee seed bank in private hands in El Salvador and is constantly testing and exploring new options for unique cup character. All the washed lots after fermentation, undergo an extra soaking in water for 12 hours. This is believed to help stabilise the coffee and preservation of the coffee’s flavour.