Earlier this year we were back in El Salvador, traveling together with one of our wholesale accounts and visiting producing partners around the country. Traveling with a person that was new to coffee traveling made me remember what a humbling experience it is to visit coffee producers - following the hard work day-to-day and tasting the results in the cup.
Nothing says flawless processing to me like El Salvador, and the first part of our trip was spent with Emilio Lopez at his mill El Manzano. If you have followed 49th for a while, you will know this is our third consecutive year working with El Manzano, and one of the things we have been especially appreciative of, is how Emilio has been working towards better and more consistent quality. We also visited with the Pacas family, another old partnership for 49th, and finished the week with a trip out to Metapan to see Alejandro Valiente’s farm and mill - a new friend to 49th, and from what we have tasted so far this year, with a huge potential for quality coffee!
As I am writing this, the first coffees are about to ship to Vancouver, and we look forward to having new arrivals from Central America on our menu soon!