El Salvador “Pina” Caturra Anaerobic Natural

  • Country: El Salvador

    Region: San Miguel Ingenio, Metapan, Santa Ana Department

    Farm: Las Dos Sofias

    Farmer/Grower: Mario Valiente

    Varieties: Caturra

    Processing: Natural - 90 Hour Anaerobic Fermentation

    Altitude: 1600 m.a.s.l.

    Humidity: 9.8%

    Density: 1.15 g/ml

    Harvest Date: February, 2020

    Arrival Date: July, 2020

    Grade: SHG

    Marks: 009/0334/0002-T002858-T12

    SCA Cupping Score: 86.5

  • Milk chocolate sweetness, green apple acidity, pineapple, fruit punch, tea-like body.
  • We like to keep the roast light with a “low and slow” profile to maintain the delicate flavors in this experimental coffee! Roasting too fast can definitely miss some of the best in Don Mario’s anaerobic coffee.

About the coffee:

“Anaerobic” in coffee typically refers to holding coffee cherries in an airtight vessel to facilitate anaerobic fermentation - or fermentation in the absence of free oxygen. This method enables producers to slow down the fermentation process to achieve a great amount of depth and complexity in the cup without creating negative or off-flavors. At Finca Las Dos Sofias, Mario Valiente and his team bring freshly picked cherries and load them into 50 gallon drums before sealing with a small one-way carbon dioxide relief valve. This valve will allow CO2 from the fermentation process to escape without letting oxygen into the tank. To spice things up even more, Don Mario adds pineapple to the tank to feed the microorganisms during fermentation. With the slowed down pineapple-inspired fermentation, Mario Valiente is able to stretch this process to 90 hours inside the tank. Once the anaerobic fermentation is complete, the cherries are removed from the tank and dried out on raised beds in the same way that a traditional natural processed coffee would be dried.

The first part of the Valiente family farm was planted over 60 years ago and the new part of the property was planted over 1 year ago which is already showing a lot of promise.The Valiente family has constantly been keeping track of the farm's development. Finca Las Dos Sofias is located in the Alotepec-Metapan mountain range and surrounded by El Trifiniou National Park, where Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador share borders. The farm implements practices such as pruning, weed control, and fertilization based on soil analysis and gives employment to some 200 workers during harvest and from 30 to 50 permanent jobs are demanded the rest of the year. Finca Las Dos Sofias uses their own nursery to replant old or damaged trees. The local school was built on a donated land by the family. The Valiente family is very sensible to the need for rural education in their community. They also provide workers free land to grow their food crops. Part of the farm is maintained as pine and oak forest as part of a strategy to diversify income sources. The mill is only 20 minutes away from the farm, where coffee is immediately sent after the harvest and cherries are sorted. Before sending the sample to the dry mill, cupping is performed to check the quality of the coffee.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Mike Lewis

I like the way this coffee roasts and tastes, its a crowd pleaser