Country: El Salvador
Region: Chalchuapa, Santa Ana Department
Farm: Finca Colomba
Farmer/Grower: Mario Valiente / José “Fofo” Adolfo
Altitude: 1500 m.a.s.l.
Density: 1.11 g/ml
Harvest Date: February, 2022
Arrival Date: October, 2022
SCA Cupping Score: 86.25
José Adolfo MCentee Batlle inherited the farms and continued the legacy before passing down to his son “Fofo”
during the civil war throughout the country, José Adolfo emigrated to Miami with his son and left the management of the farm to Mario Valiente, owner of Finca Calera. In 2014, Mario Valiente built Colomba’s dry mill so the farm has direct control over every step of the process from farm to export. Great care is taken preparing each coffee for exporting and 10 women, who are heads of their households, oversee the final quality check through manual sorting
Mario Valiente implements multiple processing methods at the wet mill including carbonic macerated and anaerobic fermented naturals, traditional naturals, honey, fully washed, semi-washed and more. Each process is tasted and stored according to the cupping result. The farm permanently employs 80 people and up to 210 people from nearby towns during the picking season. Aware of the need in the surrounding communities, Finca Colomba supports schools in the area, hosts medical conferences to provide accessible healthcare and distributes toys to children during the Christmas season.
Finca Colomba grows Yellow Caturra, Red Caturra, Sanpacho, Gesha, Pacas, Cuscatleco, Red Bourbon, Pink Bourbon and some Kenyan varieties were recently planted. The rich volcanic soil and elevations over 1,500 meters above sea level, come together for ideal growing conditions.
Have roasted Gesha before and haven’t been impressed. This on the other hand was good!
Glad to hear that Don Mario's gesha stood out! Thanks for sharing, Doug.