Lot SC - LG05: Bellisimo Pacamara

Lot Description

Reference Number:SC - LG05
Opening Bid:$6.00/lb
Weight:146.54 lbs
Process:CM Honey
Location:Apaneca, Ahuachapán
Country:El Salvador

Coffee details

Tasting Notes:Berries, Sugar Cane, Coffee Flower, Red Apple, Earl Gray Tea

Farm details

Farm Name: Llano Grande
Farm Size: 2.8 ha
Founding Year: 1990
Varieties Grown: Pacamara and Geisha
Processing Methods: Natural, Honey, and Experiments.
CWS Owner: Rafael Silva and Carmen Silva
Location: Apaneca, Ahuachapán
Soil Type: Clay Loam Soil
Farm Elevation: 1500 masl
Average Rainfall: 2500mm (annual)

Producer Story:

Finca Llano Grande was acquired by Rafael Sr. in the early 1990’s. It is made up of 4 parcels of land all bought from different people and joined to make one body. Originally it was a coffee plantation made up 100% of Red Bourbon trees.

One day, Rafael decided to take on a new adventure and began removing the coffee trees to make room for nurseries. These would then be the home for all kinds of different plants and flowers. Apaneca has no water springs or rivers, so in order to keep his plants healthy, Rafael would buy a tractor and dig up two 10-meter-deep reservoirs that can hold up to 1,100,000 gallons of water.

In 2006, Rafael decided to remove all Red Bourbon trees and replace them with specially selected Pacamara seeds. The quality of the Pacamara at Llano Grande surprised Rafael during the first harvest and continues to surprise us year by year.

By 2008, he decided it was time for him to control all variables in the processing of his coffees and decided to stop producing plants and began building the mill in 2010. The mill began operating in 2011 and every year since then Rafael is looking for new ways to improve.

In 2010, Llano Grande competed for its first time in Cup of Excellence and obtained 10th place. In 2012 Llano Grande once again competed and successfully landed in the 7th position in Cup of Excellence.

In 2018, part of Llano Grande was renewed with new Pacamaras and older unhealthy trees were pruned. We will be slowly renewing the parts of this small plantation that need it the most.

Special Geisha seedlings were planted in Llano Grande in September 2019. They have just had their first flowering and it was a good one. The trees are looking really healthy and these small number of trees will be analyzed properly to be used as a seed bank.

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