Alejandro Martinez: Guachipelin Natural
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One of the unique terroir separation lots Alejandro Martinez has created on Finca Argentina in El Salvador, Guacahipelin covers 12 hectares, ranges in altitude from 1,200-1,300 m.a.s.l and is named after a Salvadoran tree present on this specific tablon.
As in much of El Salvador, the soil requires active farming which is only compounded further with drainage issues that affect potential plant growth. These issues have been addressed with the planting of Eucalyptus, which draw water out of the soil, markedly improving the health of plants and the coffee they produce. The growing slope is difficult to climb and the 16 farm workers have nicknamed the top area of the tablon "Infiernillo" (little hell) since it is a hell of a walk to get up there.
The coffee is Bourbon varietal, and is the only natural we're offering from Finca Argentina this year. In an effort to better understand and control his coffee processing experiments, Alejandro began working this year with Emilio Lopez-Diaz, known for his highly experimental processing of coffees from Beneficio El Manzano. As a result, this coffee, and the delicate natural processing flavours it delivers, are the product of two of the most progressive individuals in Salvadoran coffee today.
Rum & Raisin Fudge, Dark Chocolate, Long & Sweet Finish, Vanilla.
We have 2 other coffees currently available from Alejandro, a washed Catimor and a washed Bourbon from the San Jorge tablon of Finca Argentina. You can buy those coffees and find out more about Finca Argentina by clicking on the following links...