Region: El Mirador, Las Pirias, Jaen
Altitude: 1700-1815 mals
Varieties: Caturra, Pache & Bourbon
Drying: Tarpaulin lined patio
Cupping notes: Vanilla, Orange, Melon
Cupping score: 86.00
Pilar Samame Monslave owns 3 hectares of land in the El Mirador village in Las Pirias district. Pilar grows caturra, typica and pache varieties and more recently has planted a small area of catimor separate from his other varieties.
Pilar picks and processes his coffee himself and then dries it in a small spot of land he owns in the village centre. Pilar dries his coffee on a tarpaulin lined patio, where it takes between 10 and 15 days to dry.
Las Pirias is part of the Jaen province and its coffee producing areas are in the mountain ranges that circle the city of Jaen. Coffee producers in Las Pirias cover a range of altitudes, from 1500 to 1900masl. The majority of the coffee grown here is catimor, due to the slightly lower elevation. The lower areas of Las Pirias are some of the main purchasing areas for some of the larger cooperatives in the areas, so many of the villages are fairly well developed with good transport links to the city. Since Pilar’s farm is over 1600masl, it’s farther from the city and a lot more isolated, making it a challenge to run the farm, but also to deliver the coffee to Jaen.
We have found coffees from this area to be very consistent and have a very balanced and sweet cup profile, but have a lot more to give in the coming years as producers start to invest in their farms again