El Salvador Buenos Aires Kenya-style Washed
After winning the first El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition in 2003, Aida Batlle has become somewhat of a celebrity in the special coffee industry. Her commitment to transparency and quality have garnered admiration as she has helped pioneer modern coffee processing practices.
Batlle manages her family’s farms and has expanded her influence through working with other growers under the banner Aida Batlle Selection. This coffee was produced by the J. Hill family on Finca Buenos Aires and is a result of that collaboration. All of Aida’s coffees are processed at the J. Hill mill located in Santa Ana, El Salvador.
Over the years we have purchased many lots from Finca Buenos Aires processed using an assortment of processing methods. This Bourbon variety lot is fully-washed, where after harvesting the coffee cherry is pulped and transferred to fermentation tanks before being washed clean of any residual fruit and dried. Throughout the world, different variations of this method are used that can create their own unique flavor profiles. Aida has developed her own interpretation of some of these various washing methods and applied them to her coffees. This “Kenya-Style Washed” lot was dry fermented for 48 hours; small amounts of fresh water were added every 12 hours before being moved around with wooden paddles to remove any remaining fruit clinging to the beans. It was then soaked in fresh water for 24 and transferred to raised beds for drying.