CERRO LOS TAMALES El Salvador
Aroma:8.5Orange Peel, Cocoa
Aftertaste:9.0Apple Cider, Cinnamon
This cup opens with a robust aroma of citrus and cocoa, juicy acidity, and round body. The citric tones carry into the cup as a strong grapefruit note, softened by a milk caramel sweetness and ending with a warm apple cider finish.
Direct Trade Farm
Almost 20 years ago, our friends Sergio & Isabel Ticas began production on Finca Los Planes in the mountainous region of Chalentenango, El Salvador. Jeff Taylor, PT's Co-Founder and Green Coffee Buyer, traveled to meet Sergio and Isabel following their 2nd place finish in the 2006 El Salvador Cup of Excellence. Jeff and Sergio quickly became good friends. During that first visit we were immensely impressed by their use of the money from the Cup of Excellence competition to improve the beneficio on the farm, thereby improving the processing of future harvests. This showed us their commitment and dedication to quality and constant improvement.
“On that visit, I met a man who has a passion for the land, the people he works with and the coffee he produces!”
- Jeff Taylor
Cerro Los Tamales has a story almost as unique as the coffee grown on this section of Finca Los Planes. In the 1800's banditos raided the farm in the middle of the night, stealing livestock from Los Planes. The following morning, the farmers at that time went to look for their cattle high on the farm. Instead of finding the cattle, they stumbled upon a makeshift campsite with a washed out fire and tamale wrappers scattered on the ground. From that day on this section of Los Planes has been referred to as Cerro Los Tamales, representing the cattle lost on that night.
We've carried Finca Los Planes as a Direct Trade coffee for several years now and each year we have worked with Sergio to bring new and different coffees from his farm. Our relationship with Finca Los Planes has developed into the model standard for our Direct Trade program. We are proud to be partners with Finca Los Planes on many projects to benefit their community and improve the farm. Since 2007, PT's and Finca Los Planes have placed high priority on supporting the surrounding community. The neighbors to the farm are also the pickers and day laborers, some of whom have been promoted to farm managers. Supporting them with medicines for the local clinic and uniforms for the fútbol team have created a solid foundation of trust between the farm and the community. Everyone in the community has a vested interest in a successful harvest each year.
Sergio was recently featured in Fresh Cup Magazine.