Los Nogales - Processing Selection

Los Nogales - Processing Selection


The Los Nogales estate in the Apanaca Llamatepec region of El Salvador is a very special farm. Launched by the farm’s owners, the Salaverria family, Project Nogales is a unique opportunity through which buyers are invited to chose their coffee by plot of land, process and variety.

We have three lots from the El Roble plot including a Red Bourbon that has been processed used both the Natural and Double Soaked washed methods, as well as a Red Honey processed Caturra. 

The Honey process (also known as pulped natural) sits somewhere between the washed and natural process. It involves first depulping the coffee, leaving much of the mucilage intact, before drying on raised beds or patios. The lots are often assigned colours from white to black which denote the amount of mucilage left on the beans. The more mucilage left the darker the colour when drying. This particular lot has had around 20% of the mucilage removed before being put into jute sacks for transport to the drying patios. Without the skin of the fruit, the coffee dries at a quicker rate and therefore less fermentation takes place. The amount and type of fermentation is thought to have a great impact on the end cup profile. Because of the lack of standard processing methods across producing regions the cup profile is hard to categorise, but honey processed coffees are generally fruit driven and sweet with a little more body than a typical washed coffee and a little less funk than a natural.

The second lot is processed similarly to a lot of Kenyan coffees. The coffee is pulped, leaving as much mucilage intact as possible, then soaked under clean water for 10-12 hours dependant on temperature. After fermentation, the mucilage is removed and then the parchment is soaked in a tank with fresh water for a further 10 hours. This soak allows proteins and amino acids to develop which is thought to result in higher levels of acidity and complexity in the cup profile.

Varietal – Caturra/Bourbon
Preparation – Red Honey/Washed (Double Soaked)
Location – Apanaca, Llmatepec
Altitude – 1,450 - 1,650 masl

  • To preserve quality, we are only able to ship whole bean coffee. A selection of grinders are available to purchase online.
  • Next working day dispatch on all coffee orders.