Farm: Los Pirineos
Country: El Salvador
Region: Tecapa Chinameca
Altitude: 1500 masl
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Cup profile: Pineapple, banana, rum, cream & brown sugar
Los Pirineos Coffee farm has been in the Baraona Family for more than 120 years, since the family first moved there in 1880. Gilberto, one of the 3rd generation of coffee farmers from the Baraona family, now owns the farm and has designed and built the most modern specialty coffee mill in the whole of El Salvador. All of the processing takes place on the farm, and Gilberto oversees all aspects of production with a meticulous eye for detail.
The farm is located at the top of the Tecapa Volcano, in the Tecapa Chinameca coffee region, at around 1450 masl. Specialising in Bourbon and Pacamara, Los Pirineos has one of the oldest heirloom Bourbon varieties in the country. It has also been the experimental ground for several new varietal projects started last year, including the Central America F1 variety. This year, Los Pirineos is starting to grow more than 10 new varietals, including Orange Pacamara, Geisha, Bourbon Elite, Bourbon Laurina, Javas, and Kenya. For the lower altitudes, below 1200 metres, Gilberto also grows Castillo Naranjal, Costa Rica 95, Lempira, Obata, and Casiopea.
The farm and mill have 50 full-time employees and they take on a further 75 during the peak of the harvest. Gilberto’s obsession with quality means he pays well above the legal minimum wages to all his staff. He requires far more precision and attention to detail than the average coffee farm and so he has invested time and money in the people who manage the processing. As a result of the training and support he offers, even his temporary staff are consistent from year to year.
Gilberto’s dedication to quality is uncompromising. He has the largest coffee seed bank in private hands in El Salvador, and is constantly testing and exploring new options for unique cup character.
It is with great excitement that we are working with Gilberto, and we hope to extend our offering from Los Pirineos in the coming years.