The central American season is well and truly underway now as we have three coffees from El Salvador in the roastery and in the shops and arrivals from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico all on their way. From El Salvador we have returning coffees from two of our favourite farms, Finca El Carmen in Ataco and Finca La Fany in Ahuachapan. I visited both these farms in January of last year and although I was in El Salvador this January I was based in the Santa Ana area and unfortunately didn’t get over to El Carmen and Fany this time.

These are now key coffees for us, this is our fourth straight year with El Carmen and Fernando has again prepared the orange bourbon microlot specially for Small Batch which we are super happy to offer alongside the main red bourbon crop. We have bought washed coffee from Rafael and Carmen Da Silva off and on since we started at Small Batch but after I cupped their natural process coffee when I visited the farm last year we have fallen in love with the silky strawberries and cream flavour of this beautifully prepared coffee. We are thrilled to have this coffee back again this year and I love it so much I have made it the fourth selection in my Grand Fromage range.

Debora Soares