Cup of Excellence – El Salvador winner. This lot from Finca La Montañita placed 18th in the last El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition. This natural-processed Pacamara is full of beautiful flavors and a dream to brew and drink.
Filter coffee: passionfruit, papaya, coffee blossoms, and sparkling wine. Lively & complex acidity with high sweetness and smooth mouthfeel.
Espresso: honeydew, butterscotch, cacao nibs, green apple, red grape. Jammy sweetness with bright acidity.
Cappuccino: gentle and sweet cappuccino with highlighted butterscotch, marmalade, and spice notes.
The Producer: Finca La Montañita is a family farm managed by Antonio Aguilar Lemus. The farm was established in 1940 by his father, Criseldo Aguilar. Antonio cultivates Pacas, Bourbon, and Pacamara varieties. Antonio’s family has been producing coffee for many generations, and his great-grandfather planted the crop, considered the first in the area. They have always been noted to produce excellent quality. Even before the “specialty coffee” markets, his father has been quoted higher prices for his lots due to their higher quality. The “La Montañita” farm currently consists of 35 blocks of land, of which 20 are cultivated with coffee and 15 with natural forest. It is located in the northwest corner of the department of Chalatenango on the slopes of the mountains that form the Alotepec and Metapán mountain range, at about 1 400 meters above sea level. Over time, its structure has been improving. Thanks to the introduction of electricity, it has been possible to build a small artisanal mill where their coffee is processed and also that of neighbors who do not have their mills. Their operation contributes to the local economy by providing work during the cutting season to approximately 25 workers.
Awards: 13 times COE winner, participating in El Salvador COE since 2004