Location: Canton Las Cruces, Municipio de Chalchuapa, Santa Ana
Farm area: 88.11 hectares
Shade cover: Ingas, Eucalyptus
In the cup: Excellent, round and full cup with soft sweet flavour. Notes of Hazelnut, Cocoa, Marzipan, Lime/citrus and a pleasant acidity
Background: La Esperanza is 88 hectares of breathtaking coffee grow land located in the premiere coffee-growing region of Santa Ana.
Coffee grows under the shade of INgas and other antive mountain trees. It’s highest elevation is known as Tablon ‘La Cima’. At the very top of the farm there are 9.71 hectares of wild forest left completely untouched. This area serves as home of various plants and animals contributing to the biodiversity of the area.
La Esperanza means ‘hope’. Lupe the farm manager as been part of the team for more than 8 years. He has a team with excellent skills and a huge love for the land.
The family that runs this farm, the Pacas family, has been producing coffee for three generations.They’re continually investing in improvements to their farm: recently, they’ve lined their receiving tanks with tiles, making them easier to clean, and have experimented with sorting coffee at different levels of ripeness to increase complexity in the cup. They’ve also split up the farm into different lots, or tablones.
Why separate a farm into lots? For one, the farm covers a wide range of elevation, from about 1000 to 1600 masl. This difference in elevation contributes to coffee ripening at different times in different areas of the farm. Lot separation makes it much easier to pick the coffee when it is ripest — hired pickers can focus on certain lots at the right time. It’s also helpful to be able to do experiments with only certain areas of the farm, and then taste those differences on the cupping table.