El Salvador - Los Chelazos
Cultivator: PACAS & BOURBON
Location: LA PALMA, CHALATENANGO
Elevation: 1,500 - 1,700 METERS
THE LITTLE LUXURIES OF TWENTIETH CENTURY ENGLAND, ALL IN ONE COFFEE: ALMONDS DIPPED IN MILK CHOCOLATE AND APRICOT MARMALADE. YOU MIGHT AS WELL STROLL DOWN THE GARDEN PATH TO INVESTIGATE THE BUSTLE IN YOUR HEDGEROW.
Remember in the Sound of Music, where… you don’t remember? You didn’t watch The Sound of Music on network television every Christmas when there were only three channels, and you watched whatever the hell they showed, “with limited commercial interruptions”? Okay, we’ll explain it to you.
It’s about these hills; they’re alive, metaphorically speaking, with the sound of music. It’s in Austria or wherever, so the hills are actually mountains. Mt. Sonntagshorn, for instance, peaks at about 1,961 meters. That’s just about as high as the coffee farms of Chalatenango.
Chalate, as it’s known, provides the mountainous border between El Salvador and Honduras (sort of like how the Alps mark the border between Austria and Switzerland). The locals, los Chelazos, are among the kindest people we’ve ever met—more to the point, they’re among the kindest strangers we’ve ever flagged down and asked directions.
We had to ask directions because we didn’t know exactly where we were going. That is to say, we knew that we loved this area, and that there were small-scale growers around every bend in the pine-shaded road, and over each Arabica-covered hill. We just didn’t know exactly which farms we wanted to combine in this year’s lot.
We finally found our dream coffees on the farms of Arnulfo Montiel, Efrain Diaz, and Renato Diaz. It’s true what they say in the movie, you have to climb every mountain, until you find your dream.
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*All coffee orders are shipped on Fridays by 11am MST via Expresspost to ensure optimal freshness. Your coffee will arrive the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Orders placed after 11AM on Friday will be shipped the following week.