It's been a long time since we had some coffee from El Carmen - those of you with good memories might remember - and it's one of those coffees you don't forget in a hurry. It's bright, sweet, with delicious notes of blueberry, stone fruits & caramel. There's a really great mouthfeel with a silky finish. Classy coffee. Amazing estate. CC favourite. Enough said!
The estate was founded in the middle of the 19th century when Antonio José Alfaro acquired a plot of land near the village of Ataco – meaning ‘Site of Elevated Springs’ in the indigenous Nahuatl language – where he started to produce coffee. His son, Agustin Alfaro, founder of the Salvadoran National Coffee Company, followed in his father’s footsteps and established El Carmen as one of El Salvador’s leading exporters. His efforts were continued by Antonio Alfaro, head of the third generation of this coffee family and are carried through today by Fernando Alfaro, the fourth generation of his family to farm coffee.
El Carmen is a well-run specialty estate and is managed with scrupulous attention to detail, with great emphasis placed on maintaining the identity of each lot from the moment its coffee cherries are harvested until the point when the green beans are ready for export. The estate’s coffee is produced under approximately 60% shade cover, which is required for the coffee to ripen evenly. Before the rainy season, shade trees are then pruned to about 40% shade to allow the access of light necessary for new foliage growth.
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