La Esperanza - La Cima

El Salvador
Las Cruces, Chalchuapa, Santa Ana
Lemon Peel, Hibiscus, Vanilla, Graham Cracker
12oz Whole Beans
$22.00
Current stock: 0
Description

Description

Café Pacas, Producer
Bourbon. Grown at 1700 masl.

La Esperanza has been a part of our coffee program for the past six years. We've been with the farm through thick and thin, buying red bourbon season after season. About 70% of the farm was destroyed by leaf rust in 2013, and farm manager Lupe Alarcon and the Café Pacas team have risen to the challenge of restoring and revitalizinLa Esperanza from top to bottom. This lot of red bourbon represents the ideal example of a coffee from El Salvador.
 
The farm spans a vast 88.11 hectares, where nitrogen-stabilizing Ingas, mountain cedars, and eucalyptus trees provide shade for the coffee. There is wild forest at the top of the farm (just above tablón La Cima) which supports a biodiverse ecosystem.
 
Café Pacas is commited to community, quality, and sustainability. They consistently perform well in national Cup of Excellence competitions, and relentlessly fight against growing problems associated with climate change. In addition to agronomic focus at the farm level, the team does all of their own milling and prep for export. They also host an annual in-house quality competition to encourage and inspire their farm managers. 

Travel Notes:
The Pacas family has a long history in coffee (they found and named the Pacas variety in 1949) and they take risks with new projects and experiments while maintaining a focus on quality which is evident in the cup but also on the farms.

You will notice holes and trenches in the ground throughout El Retiro (founded 1927 at 1400 masl.) - these capture rain water accumulation to make sure that organic matter and nutrients in the volcanic soil are not washed away. During the dry season, these also help with humidity levels to keep the trees healthy.The Pacas also practice suachado where the soil is tilled so that the leaves and organic matter can better be incorporated into the soil. After the harvest, lime is applied to the soil. Soil management is very important in keeping a healthy coffee farm and El Retiro is one of the most healthy and beautiful farms I have seen.

Inga shade trees and other endangered trees are planted to promote different micro-climates throughout the farm. The inga tree not only provides shade, but once its leaves fall, they are a good source of nitrogen for the soil. The izote plants (the edible national flower of El Salvador) are used for their strong roots as they help stop erosion. There are also a few weeds left around that are used to help with pest control. On the farm, you might also see deer, snakes, lizards, small wild cats, birds, armadillos and the common farm dog.

The Pacas family also practices agobio like the Dumonts do at Finca Malacara, and the large trunks of the huge and healthy 70-80 year old Bourbon trees are evidence that this process works. Only the first pass is in progress here and the cherries are looking red, ripe and ready to be picked. There are also some Pacas and Pacamara plants that were planted in 2014 and 2015 that won't be ready to harvest for another year or two.

A short drive away is La Esperanza (1100-1700 masl.) which the Pacas family purchased in 2011. The farm wasn't in great shape to begin with and because of leaf rust, 70% of the production was lost during the first good crop year. This farm is a work in progress but has so much potential. Eucalyptus trees line the road where you can drive up through the tablons and see some beautiful views and hear bees buzzing. El Carmen tablon has trees which are about 70-80 years old. The new plantings in other tablons have been done in cantor lines according to the slope of the mountain. This is a challenging way to plant, but helps maintain the soil integrity.

Just up the road at La Providencia, we visited the varietal garden planted in 2014 at 1300 masl. planted to replicate their other garden at another location down at 900 masl. so they can see how the altitude affects the trees. There are so many interesting varieties growing there including one called Leroy. Alfredo had recently even sent a few samples out for DNA testing!

We ended the day with a visit to the Cafe Pacas office and mill where we cupped two tables of coffee. The selections included an unusually delicious new Bernadina variety. 

-Caroline (January 2016)

    12oz of whole beans. Our premium coffee beans are roasted daily at our Greenpoint, Brooklyn roastery. We ship only whole bean coffee and do not grind the beans prior to shipping.  Coffee is packaged in sealed compostable valve bags made from 100% renewable resources.  We roast to order!
Additional Info

Additional Info

Origin:
Las Cruces, Chalchuapa, Santa Ana
Notes:
Lemon Peel, Hibiscus, Vanilla, Graham Cracker
Size:
12oz Whole Beans