KAMWANGI - Kenya
La Mina de Willy
January - March 2020
Rich cocoa, Chocolate, Berries, Tangy acidity
Chalatenango is a region in El Salvador not as well-known as Santa Ana because of its coffee production , however due to a long term job developed by particular coffee farmers interested in high quality coffees, nowadays this area source some of the best, most dynamic coffees we've tasted. The average farm held by these producers is between 1–3 manzanas in size (1 manzana is slightly smaller than a hectare), and most yield fewer than 20 full-size bags of exportable coffee annually. They grow predominantly Bourbon, Pacas, and Pacamara variety coffees, and until the 2010s the producers with whom we're working had all been selling their lots on the local market for a low price, without any way to access better buyers.
People like Alberto Reyes, a local leader farmer, have worked closely with families of this region for several years in order to build a solid foundation, being sure to bring them higher prices and reward their exceptional quality. These super-small lots are bagged in smaller increments (35 kilograms) and affectionately called "pequeños," but don't let their size fool you: These are exquisite coffees grown by committed, passionate farmers, many of whom are seeing specialty prices for their lots for the first time in the area's history.
Wilber Dubón has a 1.5-manzana farm where he primarily grows Pacas and Pacamara varieties. He selectively hand-picks his coffee, sorts it, and dries it on patios and raised beds. In 2019 he was ranked 4 as best coffee cup in El Salvador with Pacas, natural lot.