Santos Alfredo Lemus owns a 1.5 hectarefarm located in Chalatenango, El Salvador.
Santos is focus in quality and his goal is to produce quality coffee. He selects only ripe cherries during November to January. The coffee is manually depulped the same day it's harvested. The fermentation process is done in tanks and last 7 to 10 hours, depending on the weather. Coffee is dried on patios for 8 to 11 days.
El Salvador has been traditionally known for bigger estates in Santa Ana. Chalatenango wasn't really on the map until Cup of Excellence came. The first year of CoE, Santa Ana was in the top places. The second year Chalatenango "was discovered."This area has had good results due to its Pacamara variety and significant climate difference from Santa Ana, much cooler climate.
It is a hard area to access. Coffee is traded in parchment here so this complicates things a bit. We have to buy the coffee in parchment and find a mill to prepare it in green exportable. This brings some risks such as yield risk, each coffee will yield various amounts of green depending on the amount of defects
I've personally been criticized by some Santa Ana producers as to why we are buying coffee in this area. One producer asked me why I was buying directly from producers and not through an exporter; the answer is simple—to access the best qualities.
This year we bought some coffees grown at 1900 meters in this area. Could be one of the first El Sals at this altitude
For more information on Salvadoran coffee, visit our El Salvador origin page.