Producer: Gilberto Baraona
Region: Tecapa Chinameca
Altitude: 1200-1500 masl
Coffee varieties: Bourbon
Process: Orange Honey
Cupping notes: Amarena, Cranberry, Almonds
Cupping score: 86.00
Los Pirineos Coffee farm has been in the Baraona Family for more than 120 years, since 1880. 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.
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. It is with great excitement that we are working with him and hope to extend our offering from his farms in the coming years.
The coffee is pulped with 100% of mucilage remaining. It is dried on raised beds in the sun. On the beds the coffee is left for 1 day without being moved and then moved 4 times a day. It is covered at night with total time 10-14 days drying.