El Salvador El Molinito - Coffee of the Month May 2020

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El Molinito coffee comes from El Molino farm, one of the most important and significant estates of the JASAL group that sits amongst the Apaneca Ilamatepec mountain range, part of the Cordelliera de Apeneca. This volcanic range runs through the Ahuachapán, Santa Ana, and Sonsonate departments in the West of El Salvador, and is where many of the Cup of Excellence producing farms in the country are located. There are four volcanoes that occur within this range of mountains, with Santa Ana being the more dominant.

El Molinito is a diminutive of the farm name, El Molino, and is a selection from the most productive Bourbon and Pacas trees on the farm. They were chosen for this project due to the homogeneity of the ripeness of the cherries, allowing for precise control and processing. The importance of selective picking and attention to detail have very much become a hallmark of the culture and success
of the farm, which was inherited by current owners Jose Antonio Jr and Antonio Salaverria in 2011. Once picked, coffee is processed at the Beneficio Las Cruces in nearby Santa Ana before being bagged and shipped.

The green-tipped dwarf varietal Pacas is fairly common in Central America, a natural single gene mutation of Bourbon. Being smaller results in a potential higher yield for the farmer, as trees can be planted closer together allowing for a greater density per hectare. Named after the owners of the farm it was first spotted on, the Pacas family, it was discovered in the Santa Ana region back in 1949 and now accounts for around 25% of El Salvador’s coffee production.

Origin  El Salvador
Process  Washed
Altitude  1350-1650m
Harvest  November - March
Flavour  Chocolate, Grapes, Maple syrup
SCA score  84
Varietal  BourbonPacas
Certification   Rainforest Alliance
4 Reviews
  • 5

    Published by MR D F MCKENNA on 18th Jun 2020

    We really enjoyed this coffee. The taste notes were very accurate and it was full of flavour without being overpowering. I will order again in the future but, in the meantime, I have ordered the June coffee of the month.

  • 5

    Published by Jonathan on 16th Jun 2020

    Nice smooth coffee with a good caffeine hit

  • 5

    Published by Phill Geordiewire wright on 25th May 2020

    Really nice taste

  • 5
    Excellent Beans!

    Published by Rachel Charter on 15th May 2020

    The coffee of the Month for May is absolutely excellent! A well flavoured, smooth taste that I’ve been enjoying at home as an Aeropress and a Chemex. A perfect ‘lockdown’ treat. ’

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