Finca Nazareth – El Salvador
Mario Acosta is a fourth generation coffee farmer from El Salvador and the proud owner of Finca Nazareth in El Salvador’s famous Ahuachapán region. The farm has been under production since 1908 and straddles the privileged elevation of 1,300 to 1,450 meters above sea level, in El Salvadors protected biosphere of Apaneca-Ilamatepec.
The family takes their role of stewards of the land very seriously and have gone to great lengths to achieve Rainforest Alliance and C.A.F.E. Practices certification. They take a holistic approach to sustainability, which includes the well-being of ecosystems as well as societies.
The coffee on the family’s farms is selectively hand harvested, with only the best and ripest cherries being selected at each ‘pass’. All coffee is meticulously sorted before being delivered for processing to the nearby Beneficio El Carmen. Fernando Alfaro, the owner of the mill and El Carmen Estate, works with the family to process their coffee to their specifications so as to assure its quality and consistency. The majority of coffee from Nazareth is fully washed, soaked and pre-dried. However, very special lots, such as this one, are processed using the natural processing method, for which El Carmen mill is increasingly renowned.
1340 – 1440 metres above sea level
Milk chocolate, strawberry
3 - 5 days