El Salvador Chelazos

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Recommended for:

  • Chemex

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Pour Over

  • Stove Top

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About

Traditionally we have always worked with coffees from the Santa Ana region in the West of El Salvador, however following a trip there in February 2017, we stumbled across an amazing group of producers in the northern region of Chalatenango which borders Honduras.

This coffee is one of the most versatile beans we have with beautiful rounded acidity that is plum like in character. There are hints of tangerine and caramel with notes of creamy milk chocolate adding balance and structure.

Key Stats

Location: Chalatenango, Northern El SalvadorAltitude: 1,400-1,600 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: Bourbon, PacasOwners: Alberto Ochoa, María Zoila Piñeda, Orlando Aguilar, Jose Alfonso RodriguezFlavours: Plum | Tangerine | Caramel | Milk Chocolate

Details

El Salvador is a land of volcanoes, many of them still active, which means there is an abundance of fertile soil and high altitude – perfect conditions for growing high quality coffee.

For the last few years we have been working with an incredible group of smallholder farmers who are committed to the principles of specialty coffee production in the lesser known northern region of Chalatenango. We first came across this coffee during a trip to El Salvador in 2017 and have been working alongside Alfonso, Maria, Jose and Orlando ever since. Their coffee gets better each year and we are committed to purchasing their full production of specialty grade coffee due to their admirable dedication to their crop and land. This coffee is high grown in comparison to much of El Salvador and as such experiences a later harvest. Another unique factor is that the coffee is washed on site as opposed to being taken to a centralised wet mill. This means the producers themselves can maintain control over the flavour profile and quality of their coffee and they are invited to cup each lot at the lab in La Palma to receive feedback from the expert cuppers there. The farms that have contributed towards this lot are beautiful and are run with care and consideration for the environment and farm workers.

These producers are going against the grain in their local community and are totally committed to raising the quality of their crop. We feel their coffee holds great potential for the future and are delighted to be partnering with these pioneering producers, investing in what they are doing by contributing funds towards the construction of quality improvement initiatives.

This year’s crop is deliciously sweet with notes of plum, tangerine and caramel – there are undertones of creamy milk chocolate too which make this coffee suited to a wide range of brew methods ranging from espresso through to filter.

Brew Guides

Pour Over

Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 1 minute 30 seconds - 2 minutesCoffee:Water 16g - 250ml
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Espresso

Grind Setting: Very fineBrew Time: 23-27 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 17g : 36g
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French Press

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds - 4 minutesCoffee:Water 20g : 250ml
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Stove Top

Grind Setting: Fine (slightly coarser than for espresso, finer than an Aeropress)Brew Time: Dependent on size and heating sourceCoffee:Water 22g : 250ml (though dependent on size of Stove Top)
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Chemex

Grind Setting: Very CoarseBrew Time: 5 minutes (for a litre of coffee)Coffee:Water 70g : 1L
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Delivery Details

We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.

If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this will be available the next day from our Roastery premises in Armley and this site is strictly staffed between Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.

Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched/is ready to collect.

Collection Address: Unit 10, 280 Tong Road, LS12 3BG

 

Reviews

  1. Vanessa

    My Favourite Blend of North Stars!

    Tired this in a coffee shop in Harrogate and have since bought some bags for our own office.

    Lovely smooth coffee.

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