Malacara B

El Salvador
Cantón Montañita, Volcán Santa Ana
Red Apple, Lavender, Brown Sugar, Hazelnut
12oz Whole Beans
$19.00
Current stock: 0
Description

Description

Familia Dumont, Producer
Red Bourbon. Grown at 1500 masl.

Malacara B's location on the slopes of the Santa Ana volcano is ideal for producing coffees of outstanding quality. Roberto and Rodrigo Dumont, the father and son team behind Chantuc Coffee, grow red, yellow, orange and pink bourbon here. This is our fourth season buying red bourbon.

The history of Malacara dates back to 1888, when Don Rafael Alvarez Lalinde inherited the property from the wife of his late brother Francisco Lalinde. Don Rafael and his thirteenth son Samuel began cultivating coffee in 1925. Malacara quickly became known as one of the largest farms in the region.

Originally called Medellin, the farm acquired its peculiar name Malacara, or Bad Face, from a legendary character in the area with the same nickname. In 1995, it was divided into three lots called "A," "B," and "C" between Samuel's children. Malacara B stayed in the hands of Emma Alvarez, and is now run by Chantuc.

Malacara B is full of beautiful indigenous plants and shade trees, and bourbon trees that have been maintained for as many as 80 years with the traditional agobio branch bending technique. The farm has several on-site facilities for the workers including a kitchen, a school, a playground, and a health clinic. The Dumont family makes it part of their mission to support the pickers and the surrounding community.

Cheryl's Travel Notes:
Most coffee relationships start in the cupping lab -- you might be falling love with a new favorite coffee, or cupping with the team who produced it! Rodrigo Dumont and his father Roberto joined me as I cupped their yellow and red bourbon coffees for the very first time in 2014. Impressed and excited at the chance to work together, we took off in their giant white pick up truck to visit Malacara B. I was immediately taken by the lush, overgrown woods feel that the farm holds, and how it is able to maintain its 100+ year old history while keeping up to date with its extensive variety garden, innovative agronomy, and thoughtful responses to climate change.

A complete tour of the farm includes a visit to the on-site school and clinic, and a walk through the dilapidated old farmhouse that I hope will someday be restored so that we can spend a night on the farm. Below the farmhouse, there is a small picnic table overlooking the town of Santa Ana where one of my favorite annual traditions takes place -- eating freshly made sopa de gallina (hen soup) for lunch. Served with corn tortillas, lime, and a special homemade hot sauce, this version of chicken soup is a regional specialty. Close your eyes and imagine enjoying it in the cool afternoon breeze with the farm dogs running around and hoping you'll drop them a snack.

After lunch, we typically drive up to the highest tablons to see the red bourbon that cupped the best. Depending on the time of season, you'll catch some of the pickers sorting through their work at a central receiving point where cherries are weighed and recorded for payment. After a nice hike, we head back to the Dumonts' ultra-modern and well appointed weekend house on Lake Coatepeque to recount the day and talk business over a beer or a glass of rum. In the morning we'll drink a chemex of Cafe Grumpy coffee or the Dumonts' local brand called Chantuc Coffee, which roasts coffee from Malacara as well as their other two farms Piedra Pacha and Las Mercedes. In fact, Rodrigo is such a cafe enthusiast that he started his own shop in San Salvador, Lote53, to showcase Chantuc Coffee and feature guest coffees from his roaster clients. Last year they served some of our coffee from Kenya, and they continue to present outstanding regional coffees in a beautiful environment for residents, visitors, and coffee tourists alike.

  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 valve bags.  We roast to order!
Additional Info

Additional Info

Origin:
Cantón Montañita, Volcán Santa Ana
Notes:
Red Apple, Lavender, Brown Sugar, Hazelnut
Size:
12oz Whole Beans