Notes: Pleasant body with notes of orange marmalade, toffee, black tea, and cocoa.
Region: Apaneca - Ilamatepeque
Producer Type: Single Estate
Owner: Elsa Luz Avila de Alfaro
Genetic Varieties: Bourbon
Processing Method: Washed at farm
Drying Method: Sun-dried on patios
Altitude: 1400-1500 masl
Finca El Portezuelo sits high above the town of Juayúa, in Western El Salvador. Nestled between Laguna Verde (the green lagoon) and the Cuyanausul hills, Portezuelo calls the well known growing region of Apaneca – Ilamatepeque, home. This farm, along with many adjacent coffee lands, were under the supervision and ownership of Dr. Francisco Magana. Today, his granddaughter, Elsa Luz follows the family tradition and manages the 60 hectare property. Portezuelo produces old growth bourbon coffees that are well shaded by tall, mature Inga trees. This area is known for strong, agressive winds, and temperatures can reach as low as 45 degrees Fahrenheit during the non-rainy season.
The slopes of El Portezuelo are teeming with fresh, drinkable water originating from the untouched springs atop the hills of the farm. This area is home to many species of native birds and rare butterflies, and nearby residents often see deer in the area. The entrance to the farm is also a nature preserve and ecotourism destination, offering hiking tours, horseback riding, a ropes course, and a cafe.
- from Atlas Coffee