Coffee category: Balanced
Process: Red HoneyWhat to expect: A complex coffee that you will keep wanting to come back to. As a result of the honey processing of this coffee it has lots of sweetness but also a dryer, chocolatey body. Expect notes of toffee, plum, grape and dark chocolate.
Producer: Jan-Carlo & Sofia Handtke
Region: Apaneca Ilamatepec
Altitude: 1,200 - 1,400m above sea level
Mapache Coffee is a fifth-generation company of coffee producers, owned and managed by Jan-Carlo and Sofia Handtke in the Apaneca Ilamatepec mountain range of El Salvador. Mapache Coffee employs over 125 locals year- round, but during harvest season, their staff swells to 600 people who work together to build coffee nurseries, replant at Mapache’s six farm properties, and process the perfectly ripe cherries that come from them.
"Mapache maintains a strong commitment to the well-being of the coffee forests, ensuring that every farm has a canopy protecting the coffee plants and soil. Their modern wet mill uses limited amounts of water during the washing process, then recycles and reuses that water in the same process. All the remaining pulp from the wet milling process is incorporated back into the farms as compost, returning key nutrients to the soil.