El Salvador - San Ernesto
Characteristics: A lovely coffee with notes of dark chocolate, maple syrup, quince, toffee and caramel. Crisp, balanced and sweet.
'Rainforest Alliance' certified.
Further Information: All the 'Urrutias Estate' coffees are 100% shade grown and native trees are planted every year to prevent erosion. The main trees grown are the 'Izote' and the 'Copalchi' which also act as a natural wind barrier.
In 2012/2013 the estate lost 80% of their coffee plantations to leaf rust, and it takes 5 to 10 years to renew the plantations. They are continuing to replant the coffee trees and are also changing the way the farms are managed; instead of pruning some of the trees, they are systematically pruning the whole parcel of land. Subsequently planting one varietal of coffee on each section of land helps with better management.
Now in their sixth-generation, brothers Enrique, Rene and Gustavo are running the farm with their father Gustavo who is still involved as an advisor, giving them the benefit of his experience. Over the years, they have placed in the finals for Cup of Excellence 7 times, as well as gaining accolades from trade bodies and national associations such as 'Exporter of the Year' in 2015 and landing in the top 5 in 2017.