- Country – El Salvador
- Region – Metapán
- Farm – Metapán Regional
- Varietal – Bourbon
- Process – Decaf Swiss water
- Cup Score – 83
- Altitude – 1500-1900 masl
Red cherry, almond and chocolate
Alejandro Valiente’s family has grown coffee in the Metapán region of north-west El Salvador for four generations. When he took control of the wet mill in 2010, he started experimenting with processing techniques, determined to showcase the potential of coffees from this region and to make his mark on the rising specialty scene.
Alejandro was invited to be involved in agronomy projects in Nicaragua and Guatemala and spent some years sharing his wealth of knowledge there. However, in 2017 he felt the call to return to his roots and apply all that he’d learned to his land and community at home. It was on his return to the family farm that the Socios de Cosecha (Harvest Partners) project was born.
The project works directly with 67 producers (with farms of 1-3ha) for 100% traceability on each micro-lot, and a fully solar-powered dry mill has been established on site to save on milling costs and to be fully vertically integrated in the supply chain. The team has been a pioneer in sustainable practices and it’s inspiring to see how seamlessly their practices work with the environment to produce great coffees