Epic. Seasonal. Crafted.
One of the most impeccable mills we’ve ever seen, the hugely impressive Finca El Manzano nestles like a coffee oasis in some already stunning country.
For six generations, his family had been growing coffee in El Salvador. Cornelio Lemus set up this plantation is 1872. When Emilio took over, he wanted to start something new and unique in El Salvador. In 2005, Emilio and his team built a mill (el beneficio) in the middle of the El Manzano farm, in order to process all its coffee and to control the quality of the final product. Now, Cuatro M is considered as one of the best mills in Central America and is able to process all its coffees, using different processes with the constant goal of attaining perfection.
El Manzano is one of Emilio’s flagship farms. In fact this was the first Cuatro M farm to become known in Europe in 2012. Located 16km from the Santa Ana town and volcano, sometimes called “Ilamatepec”, El Manzano is the very heart of the business as the mill is situated here. The 70ha farm is set on a volcanic terroir at between 1200 and 1500m altitude, and belongs to Margarita Diaz de Lopez, great granddaughter of the founder, Cornelius Lemus. 90% of the farm is planted with Red Bourbon, whilst other plots are planted with Pacamara, Bourbon Jaune, Typica and Kenya.
With expertise in washed, honey and natural processing, the details and cleanliness at the mill at each stage are exceptional.
After searching for the right lot to bring after our early 2015 visit, this red honey lot really fits a sweet and satisfying profile worth of the great work on the farm and at the mill.
Pulped: Sweet stewed apples, sultanas.
Producer: Emilio Lopez
Location: SW of Santa Ana, El Salvador
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Process: Pulped Honey / Natural