El Salvador - Los Pirineos - Sl28
We Taste: Mary Jane candies, lychee, lingonberry, and kiwi starburst
Gilberto Baraona has done something very special, and we are thrilled to be one of the few lucky souls to roast these magical fruit seeds! This offering is from the Los Pirineos coffee variety garden where Gilberto has been planting exotic varieties such as Geisha, Java, Rumens, Sudan, and this amazing SL28 (plus a bunch more)! After testing in the variety garden, the coffees that show promise, are moved to another part of the farm where they are gown at slightly larger lots. The SL28 is one of the first exotic varietal offerings from Los Pirineos and is one of the most interesting coffees we've released this year!
The results of this traditionally Kenyan varietal grown with such attention and care in the soil of Usulutan El Salvador is a testament to balanced complexity! Leading with an intense sweetness and fading into a sparkling soft tropical fruit as the cup cools this coffee is truly amazing and approachable.
We only have one bag (and its 1 of only 2 bags produced in the world) so grab a yours quick cause it'll be gone fast!
Elevation: 1400 meters
Producer: Gilberto Baraona
Farm: Los Pirineos
Below is more about this amazing project from Ally Coffee:
Los Pirineos farm is located on a stand-alone, cone-shaped volcano and enjoys a microclimate that is not replicable anywhere in the world. The farm is named after mountain slopes that geographically resemble those of the Pyrenees Mountains in Europe. It has a unique position between the towns of Berlín and Santiago, and most of the farm is planted with Gilberto’s favorite variety: Pacamara. He is an expert in cultivating and propagating this variety and has the only WCR certified nursery to sell the seeds. The remaining majority of productive coffee plants are Bourbon and Pacas varieties, but that is poised to change in years to come.
Currently, a large part of the farm is being renovated and planted with exotic varieties such as Geisha, Java, Rume Sudan, SL28, and five different varieties brought from Ethiopia. These varieties are first tested in the coffee variety garden, which features some 80 different varieties. There are some very intriguing varieties that have never been released for cultivation by the breeders such as Polisperma, whose cherries have up to ten seeds. The farm is also home to two mutations that are Gilberto’s best guarded secrets: Marageisha and Yellow Pacamara. These new and exciting plants will be producing in the next two years.
It is not only the growing microclimate that is unique, the drying facility is also a work of art. The drying beds are positioned between two peaks, creating a wind tunnel through which a breeze continuously passes. The beds are exposed to sun for twelve hours a day yet do not burn due to the cold winds. These factors lend themselves to the production of Natural and Honey processed coffees with a prolonged controlled fermentation. Los Pirineos belongs to Gilberto Baraona, a coffee producer with many accolades including 15 El Salvador Cup of Excellence wins and recognition as the best coffee producer of El Salvador. Gilberto remains humble despite these awards and devotes his work to improving coffee on the farm.