||El Salvador Miravelle Washed Cup of Excellence 2012
Doctor Jaime Riera Menéndez is the owner of Miralvalle farm and is the person in charge of managing and working the farm. His coffee tradition comes from 3 generations: he is a gastroenterological M.D. whose parents made him feel the love for coffee cultura.
Miralvalle Farm is located at Ilamatec mountain range, at an altitude of 1650 masl, closet to Santa Ana volcano.
Gracefully located at “Potrero Grande Arriba” - almost at the top of the Santa Ana volcano - Miralvalle farm enjoys a breath-taking view, good climate, rainfall, and the care of her owner.
Jaime Riera is a gastroenterologist and also a coffee producer. He inherited this farm from his mother, Marta Dolores Menéndez de Riera, a few years ago, and together they still supervise all the work. This farm was bought by his late father, Amadeo Riera y Solsona, more than 20 years ago.
Some of the cultural practices they develop at the farm include the continuous pruning of the coffee and shade trees, weed control, and replanting and renewing the farm. They use traditional methods for all of this work. Also, the farm ripens slowly because of Miralvalle's high altitude. This year they had to wait until February, when the farm had evenly ripened, to harvest appropriately.
Finding workers around this area is very difficult because people migrated to the lower parts after the eruption of the Santa Ana volcano in 2005. Only 2 people live at the farm; the manager Francisco Recinos, and his wife. However, for the harvest they employ around 70 selected pickers from the surrounding areas and pay them almost 40% above the legal wage.
Jaime thinks the reason the farm got an award this year is the excellent quality of the Bourbón variety; also, its altitude and location. He is highly motivated to keep up with the optimum harvest and sorting processes to improve the quality each year. He thinks the key to this is motivating the people that work the farm, teaching them the importance of their role, and improving the benefits for everyone involved.
In the cup you get a rush of tropical fruit, and a super clean mouthfeel with floral notes and hints of jasmine. A beautiful cup with a lingering aftertaste.
Farmer: Jaime Ernesto Riera Menendez
City: Santa Ana
Region: Santa Ana
Country: El Salvador
Altitude: 1650 masl
Processing System: Washed
This one is great at medium roast to medium dark. Anywhere after first crack and around 20 or so seconds into second.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Tropical Fruit, Clean, Floral, Jasmine, Beautiful, Lingering Aftertaste.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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