El Salvador Casa De Zinc
Mapache Coffee is a modern take on the traditional coffee industry. They are an operation that includes 6 farms which employ 150 people year-round and a state-of-the-art milling station. Run by Jan-Carlo & Sofia Handtke who come from a legacy in coffee being fifth generation growers, they have taken the task to make coffee growing more sustainable.
COUNTRY: El Salvador
REGION: Apaneca Ilamatepec
FARM: Casa de Zinc
ALTITUDE: 1200 – 1,400 masl
CUPPING NOTES: Brownie, chocolate, yellow fruits. Honey aftertaste. Nice silky body. Subtle.
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 Strictly High Grown coffees come from the two Finca El Naranjito properties and Finca Casa de Zinc, three of the company’s six estates. These neighboring farms are located in Concepción de Ataco in the municipality of Ahuachapán. Bourbon and Pacas varieties make up the majority of the crops here, with these three properties accounting for 60 percent of Mapache’s total coffee growing area.
Gifted with an ideal climate for growing coffee, Finca El Naranjito and Casa de Zinc sit at an average of 1,300 meters above sea level with a stellar view of the Pacific Ocean. El Imposible National Park, the largest forest reserve in El Salvador, sits just one mile away. As with every coffee we source through Mapache, you can be sure that thoughtful preparation and consistency shine through in the cup.