El Salvador Finca El Naranjito

El Salvador Finca El Naranjito

Farm: Finca El Narajito

Region: Ahuachapán

Process: Honey Process

Elevation: 1,400 Masl

Varietal: Pacamara Micro-Lot

Producer: Jan Carlo and Sofia Handtke – Mapache Coffee

Website: https://www.mapachecoffee.com/


Tasting notes: Caramel, Grapefruit, Orange, Dried Apricots, Honey


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.


Mapache's Pacamara variety is grown at Finca El Naranjito, 1400 meters above sea

level overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The proximity of El Naranjito to El Imposible

National Park creates a one-of-a-kind environment for growing coffee, during the rainy season the trees barely get touched by sunlight. Fog surrounds the farm from early morning and so the beans grow slowly under very humid conditions. This is undoubtedly favorable for coffee plants.