June 2021 Exporting green coffee from El Salvador in the era of Covid-19 was a challenge. We got delayed in Juayua, but it gave us the opportunity to help a fellow coffee producer in San Salvador to export their coffee for the first time. Conditions at the LA shipping port were slow and the wait difficult. But all good things come to those who wait and we are surely blessed to have finally received our shipment this month. Harvest 2020- 2021 has made its long journey from the beautiful mountains of El Salvador to the big city Los Angeles... that cup of coffee is truly a miracle.
March 2021 We've reached the end of the picking season. Now it is time to give the coffee time to dry and rest in parchment. Plans for shipping are already on the move and shortly, the coffee will be milled to reach its exporting standard -- oro fino (green coffee).
October 2020 It has been a whirlwind of a year for all of us, and as it starts to wrap-up, at the farm we are gearing-up for our new harvest 2020/ 2021. The fruit is still green on the trees, heavy on many branches, but once the rains calm and the sun hits, it will become a field of red.
Work continues day to day, and we are taking the opportunity of an elongated rainy season to do a little more planting in our Finca La Montaña. In a gesture to help the coffee industry, the Salvadoran government donates young coffee plants. This year Pacamara saplings were donated and we eagerly picked them up. With the ground still soft from the rain, our team will home the new trees in an area that suffered a washout last winter. New plants are an investment for the next two to three years. Which is often the case with coffee, your hopes are often fixed in the future, while still pressing forward in the present to meet that future with strength and courage.
December 2020 The harvest has officially started, although four weeks later than last year. At the farms, we continue to pick the coffee cherry when ripe. This task can be tricky since all the fruits on the coffee bush do not ripen at the same time. Our picking crew takes their time to select, as best as possible the fruit that shows a beautiful deep red.
It will be several weeks of picking, switching between farms and many- many trips to one of Juayua's local coffee wet/dry mill to get several thousand pounds of uva (coffee cherry ) to its final green coffee form.
June 2020 This month initiated a new era for Cafe Juayua farms. It witnessed the arrival of our first coffee container shipment to Los Angeles.
We began making major changes 3 years ago as coffee growers ( 3 generations had grown coffee to sell only to large exporters), now we have the ability to export our coffee, a challenge, a dream and above all a game changer in how we do business. The main advantage --out of several-- is cash flow. Prior to exporting our coffee, the farm's only means of creating revenue depended on a once a year harvest, which was sold once a year to pay all incurred expenses, workers, reinvestment in farm, etc. In reality that once a year payout only would cover some of the debt incurred to cover the day to day expenses of the entire year. It was not sustainable, the farms were constantly at risk to debt and default and money was never left to reinvest in the farm. BUT that has all changed now. With our harvest readily available here in Los Angeles, cash flow now depends on our green and roasted coffee sales to local roasters, shops and online purchases.
Bringing our coffee straight to market, establishing our own price and sharing our family story turns the page in our story. Where these small family farms and all the lives connected to them get a new lease on life!
April 2020 Our coffee is taking some time to rest-- an important element in the coffee cycle (in all living cycles), now that it has reached the desired level of humidity. What could be more ideal after an adventurous journey of picking, washing, and drying? At Buenavista Mill in Juayua, coffee is stored in parchment, a natural occurring layer of protection which helps preserve the un-roasted coffee seed/bean. When the times comes to export and ship, parchment coffee will be mechanically milled/ hulled. This step will expose the beautiful jade bean in all its glory, giving the name "green coffee" a lot more sense.
January 2020 we are well on our our way with the harvest. First pickings began in mid November at our Las Lluvias farm. With the holiday season we worked our largest farm La Montaña. For the first time since we began our farm-direct mission, we got the opportunity to maintain and harvest the entire farm. It is one of the many goals we have set, as we approach sustainability at farm level. This year, we plan on processing a few day lots a little different. The use of double fermentation is popular at the mills and we set aside few pickings for experimentation -- let's see how it goes!
October 2019 the rains are pouring onto our farms and we wait with much anticipation and a little hesitation. The coffee needs the rain to grow and plump-up into a beautiful cherry, but too much rain would stress the trees to drop their precious fruit.
During this rainy season we are also strategizing about how we will process the coffee this season. As we evaluate demand of green and roasted coffee throughout this year, we make an initial work plan for our wash, honey and natural process coffee. Only time will tell, how much of each coffee will get processed. We look forward to producing bold and delicious beans this year, like every year.
February 2019 means the harvest is almost done and the coffee trees have been very generous this season. La Montaña, our highest elevation farm will be given its last run through at the beginning of the month. Most of the coffee collected from this farm will be processed natural, adding a complexity of flavor to an already delicious bean. Las Lluvias, still SGH, has produced tasty wash and honey processed beans. What a season it's been! Now it's time to share the fruits of this land.
December 2018 marks the end of our first picking in Las Lluvias (we will come back in a few weeks, this gives time for the rest of the berries to ripen). La Montaña our highest farm is coloring red with every day of sunshine that passes. Coffee picked from this farm will be exclusively Bourbon and Pacas with a Natural process. Because of the altitude, varietals and terroir the coffee from this location produces a unique cup with memorable flavor notes.
November 2018 has come and Las Lluvias, our coffee farm at 1000 m is ready for its first picking. The trees are heavy with coffee cherries that have ripened under days of rain and constant drizzle-- talk about a rain or shine situation. This year Las Lluvias has produced coffee of Bourbon, Pacas and Catimor varietals with a Honey and Wash process.
It's the season of rain in El Salvador and as it falls on our coffee trees we eagerly anticipate the growth it will produce in our beautiful cherries.
Harvest 2018/19 we await you.
What an amazing year with coffee! Taste and check out what's been brewing
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This season we have green coffee available from both farms, in Wash, Honey and Natural Process
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