The 2011-2012 coffee harvest has officially begun at Beneficio El Manzano, in Santa Ana, El Salvador; receiving its first two batches of bourbon cherries on the twelfth of September from farms: Finca El Manzano and Ayutepeque.
After processing and drying, the pergamino, or parchment coffee, was bagged in burlap and transferred to the bodega, or warehouse to await hulling.
Then, this past thursday, Eduardo, from quality control, hulled and roasted samples of both batches, for Cuatro M's first cupping of the season, performed by himself and three others, including Emilio, the owner.
While certainly evident of the early harvest, the cupping was, in itself, ceremonial of beginnings for Cuatro M, of a promising new season that will certainly surpass those before in quantity, and always expectantly in quality.
Bienvenido Cosecha 2011-2012!
Stay posted for upcoming events:
Sunday, October 16, 2011: Sustainable Harvest: Let's Talk Coffee 2011, tour of El Manzano Farm, Mill, and Roastery.