Regular price $18.00

Mapache Coffee is a fifth-generation company of coffee producers, owned and managed by Jan-Carlo and Sofia Handtke in the Apaneca Ilamatepec mountain range of El Salvador. Mapache Coffee employs over 125 locals year-round, but during harvest season, their staff swells to 600 people who work together to build coffee nurseries, re-plant at Mapache’s six farm properties, and process the perfectly ripe cherries that come from them. Mapache maintains a strong commitment to the well-being of the coffee forests, ensuring that every farm has a canopy protecting the coffee plants and soil. Their modern wet mill uses limited amounts of water during the washing process, then recycles and reuses that water in the same process. All the remaining pulp from the wet milling process is incorporated back into the farms as compost, returning key nutrients to the soil.

Cupping Notes:

Light-Medium Roast, caramel sweetness, medium body, and notes of bittersweet cocoa; rich, deep.

Varietal: Paca & Bourbon
Region: Apaneca Ilamatepec Mountains
Country: El Salvador
Elevation: over 1,300 meters

The Region: Apaneca Ilamatepec Mountains

Mapache's Strictly High Grown coffees come from the two Finca El Naranjito properties and Finca Casa de Zinc, three of the company's six estates. These neighboring farms are located in Concepción de Ataco in the municipality of Ahuachapán. Bourbon and Pacas varieties make up the majority of the crops here, with these three properties accounting for 60 percent of Mapache's total coffee growing area. Gifted with an ideal climate for growing coffee, Finca El Naranjito and Casa de Zinc sit at an average of 1,300 meters above sea level with a stellar view of the Pacific Ocean. El Imposible National Park, the largest forest reserve in El Salvador, sits just one mile away. As with every coffee we source through Mapache, you can be sure that thoughtful preparation and consistency shine through in the cup.

Coffee Production in El Salvador

There are currently 23,000 coffee growers in El Salvador and close to 90% of them own farms smaller than 17 hectares in size. The area cultivated by small and mid-size farmers supplies 80% of the country’s total production. Additionally, approximately 15,000 small farmers have organized themselves into 119 cooperatives in the reformed sector, providing economic and social support to member families. There are also around 3,000 producers who are members of traditional cooperatives, which are responsible for about 30% of El Salvador’s total coffee production.