Another superbly balanced coffee from Symposium, which manages to have some new-school acidity, whilst retaining some of the body of a more traditional medium-dark roasted bean. This one's taken over as our House blend we use at our pop-up Random Bun Clubs here at the bakery.
Ethically sourced and roasted in Norwich by Symposium Coffee Roasters on an electric Giesen powered by renewable energy.
Cupping Profile: Earl Grey Tea, Caramel, Chocolate
REGION: Northern Santa Ana, El Salvador
FARM: 65 smallholder farmers
PRODUCERS: The Valiente family
ALTITUDE: 1200 - 1500
The Valiente family who run the operation headed by Alejandro and his daughters Monica and Valeria who have coffee in their ancestry dating back to 1890 and Alejandro’s great grandfather. The family have a farm named Anarquía which is planted with Bourbon, Pacas, Pacamara and Typica as well as having the mill to vertically integrate their business.
The Mill helps support around 65 smallholder farmers located in and around this area all who farm on small plots from 1- 3 ha in size. The aim of Cafenor is to support all these small producers with the commercialization of their coffees and give them access to the specialty market. They also support their community with purchasing of supplies in volume like fertiliser, provide access to training as well as giving them access to post harvest infrastructure at the mill.
All coffees that are processed at the mill are dried on shaded beds whether this be washed, honey or natural. As part of their core mission Cafenor are looking to be sustainable in all their practices and all energy at the mill is supplied by solar panels on the roof. They are also looking at the water usage at the mill to ensure not a single drop of water is wasted in the processing. The mill is certified carbon neutral as they have invested in a geothermal energy project named La Geo working in El Salvador to supply the country with a green source of energy as the country demand increases.