Microlots for years in El Salvador have been very hard to find. Most coffee went to mills where it was blended with other coffees from other farms. For the past few years, our green importer Café Imports green buyer Piero Cristiani – who is from El Salvador – has embarked on a project designed to identify, reward, and bring to market the exceptional results of the hard, innovative work that producers are increasingly interested in doing here. Focusing on the region of Chalatenango, Piero has partnered with a cupper and a local mill to buy small, select microlots from producers We are proud to offer one of these sought after selections.
With just 1.5 manzanas (2.5 acres) and about 4,500 coffee trees (mostly Pacas and Pacamara), Victor Manuel Reyes only produces about 12–17 quintales (1 quintales=101 pounds or 1212-1717 pounds) of coffee per year, but he says that through coffee he is able to offer his family a more sustainable livelihood. Victor Manuel offers Washed coffees, which are picked and depulped on the same day, fermented dry for 10–12 hours, then washed before being spread on raised beds to dry for 12–17 days.