El Sunzita - Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate, Red Apples
Producer: Mary Ortiz & Mauricio Ortiz
Origin: El Pasti, Santa Ana, El Salvador
Varietals: Red Bourbon
Harvested: January 2021
Roaster: Drop Coffee
Roast Date: 02.09.2021
A coffee and cup profile that we really fell in love with after working in coffee for several years. Crisp Clean, Simple and Delicious. A chocolate-like body and sweetness, roasted hazelnuts aromas and a mild red-apple like acidity. A true top notch every morning go for cup.
Many of you have tried different years of harvest from Mary & Mauricio when visiting us at our van, pop-up, festivals or the three-cubes bar in Hamburg as we work with this coffee for 6 years by now. A true classic at Drop Coffee as well as tōrnqvist.
Here is what Joanna writes about that coffee:
When we met Mary and Mauricio Ortiz they only delivered coffee to the local mill. They are a kind, and very driven in producing the best coffee they can. So of course we wanted to work with them directly and improve the cup quality even more through our teamwork. Maurizio is a highly skilled agronomist and is doing phenomenal work on this. For a few years, we are getting the four varietals grown at the farm kept separated for us. Drop Coffee is the only ones buying the coffee sourced directly from the farm El Sunzita. The coffee they produce that we are not buying still goes to the local mill, El Sunza, and gets blended with several other producers in the area processed there.
Mary received the Coffee grower of the year award, from the agricultural minister of El Salvador, because of the innovative process that they use at their farm. El Sunzita is a great example of driven producers that are putting in the extra work to achieve higher quality, also how small-scale producers and roasters can work together for higher quality. Year after year. This is the Red Bourbon. The taste profile is mature with notes of red apples and fresh hazelnuts.
About the farm El Sunzita
Mary and Mauricio were given their current piece of land through Mauricio's family, 30 years ago when they got married and started to grow coffee on the plot soon thereafter. Mauricio is an agronomist and Mary is working with admin and business. Step by step they have built an incredibly beautiful farm on their land. Today they have built a nursery to be able to strengthen weaker plants, installed a small pulper to be able to experiment on different processing. Their grown-up kids are getting more and more involved as well.
On their 16 hectares, they now have a beautiful nursery and a small-scale pulper. The altitude of El Sunzita is one of the lowest altitudes coffees we are buying in El Salvador, at 1400 meters above sea level. This makes the coffee easily soluble in the brew.
Mauricio as an agronomist and producer is consulting other producers with agronomy too. At El Sunzita he is working as steady and organic as he can, focusing on the three S’s; Soil, Sun and Shade. By covering the area with the coffee trees with shading trees, sending soil on tests readings and creating their own fertilizers. On the new plants, they have been focusing on building stronger roots of the plants, for three years they've applied biota and are also making fertilizers from the coffee pulp.
Drop Coffee and El Sunzita
The farm belongs to the mountain pitch El Sunza, with a total of 140 hectares of coffee farms, owned by Mauricio's brother. In 2015, Mary and Mauricio decided they wanted to produce the coffee from their farm individually. They named their farm a small bit of El Sunza, El Sunzita and their aim was to process higher quality coffee and sell it separately. And that is when we met the couple Ortiz and found a match in how we wished to work.
We’re now happy to have the coffee from El Sunzita at Drop Coffee, for the sixth year in a row working with the couple. Step by step we’ve been growing the cooperation. Over the last years, our cooperation has given us the opportunity to have the varietals separated for us which means that we can offer these separately to you. Every year we are buying more and more volume, the FOB price paid for this coffee was 3.50US$/lb.