El Sunzita is a great example of driven producers that are putting in the extra work to achieve a higher the quality. The owners Mary and Mauricio Ortiz are agronomists and you can truly tell by the way they managing their farm with a belonging flower garden that looks like a portrait. At the farm the Red Bourbon and Yellow Bourbon have all been separated for us at Drop Coffee and will be available this summer and fall, starting off with the Yellow Bourbon.
About 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. All the coffee from El Sunza are being processed together and so did this also this coffee used to be. Mary and Mauri got handed their current piece of land through Mauricio's family 28th years ago when they got married and started to grow coffee at the plot.
The gorgeous view of the mountain range from El Sunzita
Drop Coffee and El Sunzita
In 2015, Mary and Mauricio decided wanted to produce the coffee from their farm fully individual. They named their farm as a small bit of El Sunza, El Sunzita and their aim was to process higher quality and sell this individually. We’re now happy to have the coffee from El Sunzita at Drop Coffee for the third year in a row and step by step we’ve been growing the cooperation. Over the last couple of 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. Also, the coffees processing has got even better and we have a well-sorted and even beans to roast.
Joanna Alm and Mauricio Ortiz at El Sunzita in February 2017
The production at El Sunzita
On their 16 hectares, they now have a beautiful nursery and a small scale pulper. The altitude of El Sunzita is ”only ”1400 meters above sea level. When leaf rust hit El Sunzita they lost half of the yield. However, this is now under control but they still need to apply some pesticides on some individual trees for this. They have always been trying to work the most organic they can. Mauricio is very concerned about the growing conditions at the farms, working after the three ”S”; The Sun and The Shade by covering the area with the coffee trees with shading trees. sending creating their own fertilizers that are focusing on building stronger roots on the new plants, for two years they've applied biota and are also making fertilisers from the coffee pulp.
This truly is a family business where the grown up daughter and sons are getting more and more involved in the business, Mauricio is managing the farm and Mary is doing the economy and logistics for the business. We’ve been visiting the farm every year since we started working together El Sunzita has improved their highest quality. Today 40% of what El Sunzita produce is still commercial coffee and is being processed as El Sunza, but year by year they are turning more of their volume into the speciality.
Mauricio Ortiz and Mary Ortiz are always welcoming us in at their home at El Sunzita with open arms and cooking the tastiest El Salvadorian food
Producer: Mauricio Ortiz and Mary Ortiz
Region: El Pasti in the Santa Ana region
Varietal: Yellow Bourbon
Harvest: February-March 2016
Elevation: 1400 meters above sea level
Flavour Description: A mature and sweet cup with a medium body. Flavor of milk chocolate and an acidity of citric. Finishes with a note of prunes.