Los Pirineos Coffee farm has been in the Baraona Family for more than 120 years, since 1880. Gilberto Baraona is a 15 times winner of Cup of Excellence in El Salvador, 6 of which were in the top ten. The Farm is located at the top of the Tecapa Volcano, in the Tecapa Chinameca Coffee Region.
The farm has been the experimental ground for several new varietal projects, such as the Central America F1 variety. Currently, Los Pirineos is starting to grow more than 10 new varietals that will start producing in 2017. New varietals include Orange Pacamara, Geisha, Bourbon Elite, Bourbon Laurina, Javas, and Kenya. For the lowers altitudes below 1200 meters varietals such as Castillo Naranjal, Costa Rica 95, Lempira, Obata, and Casiopea.
Gilberto has a seed garden of 69 varieties and is also now becoming a verified seed distributor of Pacamara, Tekisic & Catisic for World Coffee Research. The farm and Mill have 50 full-time employees taking on a further 75 during the peak of the harvest. Gilberto’s obsession with quality means he pays well above the legal minimum wages to all his staff. He requires far more precision and attention to detail than the average coffee farm and so must invest time and money in the people who manage the processing. Due to the training and support he offers even his temporary staff are consistent from year to year.
Gilberto’s dedication to quality is uncompromising. He has the largest coffee seed bank in private hands in El Salvador and is constantly testing and exploring new options for unique cup character.
This coffee was harvested by hand and then screened for floaters before being pulped and then fermented for 12 – 24 hours in tiled tanks without water before undergoing a further soaking for 24 hours. The coffee is then transferred from there to dry on raised beds for 7 days.
Location/Origin: El Salvador
Owner / Farm: Los Pirinos
SCA Cup score: 85.25