Mario Acosta is a fourth generation coffee farmer from El Salvador and is the proud owner of Finca Nazareth in El Salvador's famous Ahchuachapan region. The farm has been under production since 1908 and has an elevation of 1,300 to 1,450 M.A.S.L in El Salvador's protected biosphere Apaneca - llamatepec. It is prime coffee growing territory, evidenced by Mario's placing in the prestigious Cup of Excellence Completion in 2011.
Mario and his family have three estates in this region all near the town of Concepcion de Ataco. The town has been under some form of human occupation for 1500 years, and civilisation in the area goes back even further. Evidence of human civilisation has been found extending back 2600 years. The land is peppered with ruins of Pipil and Kaki structures; in fact, on one of the family's farms (nearby Nazareth), there exists 2 Pyramids dating back to 200-900 Ad that have been preserved intact, and it is a regular occurrence that artefacts thousands of years old are regularly turned up whilst cultivating the land. Many indigenous cultural practices persist, Particularly in the smaller villages surrounding Ataco, contributing cultural richness to this already biologically diverse region.
The family takes their role of stewards of the land very seriously and have gone to great lengths to achieve Rainforest Alliance and C.A.F.E. Practices certification. They take a holistic approach to sustainability, which includes the well being of ecosystems as well as society's. To them, the interest of humans and nature are intertwined and dependant on development that is environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable. To do their utmost to protect wildlife and conserve sources of water, ensure good working conditions for their workers and have occupational health and safety programs in place.
Mario and family also take a stringent approach to quality. The coffee on the family's farm is selectively hand harvested with only the best and ripest cherries being selected at each pass all coffee is meticulously sorted before being delivered for processing to the nearby Beneficio 'El Carmen' Fernando Alfaro the owner of the mill and El Carmen estate, Works with the family to process the coffee to their specifications so as to assure it's quality and consistency. The majority of coffee from Nazareth is fully washed, soaked and pre dried before moving the parchment onto traditional clay patios or raised beds to dry. In all cases coffee is sun dried and regularly turned until it reaches 12% humidity. This lot has been wet milled and fermented for 8 hours according to the mills stringent methods before being fully washed and left to dry on the clay patios.
Farm - Finca Nazareth
Varietal - 100% Bourbon
Processing - Natural and sun dried on clay patios.
Altitude - 1350 -1450 M.A.S.L
Total size of farm - 24.45 hectares
Tasting notes - Nuts, Caramel, Toffee with honeycomb after taste.