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Los Pirineos Washed Pacamara

Los Pirineos Washed Pacamara

A crisp and clean washed Pacamara lot from Diego Baraona’s renowned farm in Eastern El Salvador
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Coffee Expression Careful washed processing of results in a very clean representation of terroir and varietal, with floral aromas followed by orange and rich brown sugar in the cup.

Producer Los Pirineos has been in the Baraona family for over 130 years; named for the Pyrenees mountain range that separates France and Spain, many are struck by the breathtaking landscape here.

Whole Bean Coffee / Both for filter and espresso

Brewing Advise

Water is one of the most critical components of an excellent coffee experience. We recommend using mineral water of a soft Total Dissolved Solids count, ideally below 150 ppm. Learn more about water and the effect it has on taste here.

Rested coffee During the resting process, harsh and astringent flavors, which can even be perceived as a ‘roast’ character, soften out, allowing a clearer and brighter expression of the coffee’s character to shine.  

We recommend resting our coffees for at least 10 days after the roast date, and we often find excellent results, especially for particularly dense coffees, beyond 6 weeks.

Brewing Our straightforward approach to coffee carries over into brewing. We recommend our roasted coffee for all brew methods, regardless of whether it is immersion, percolation or espresso. We believe that there is one correct way to roast a single coffee, roasting lightly, in such a way as to release its innate qualities and showcase its quality.

Technical Data

Producer Diego Baraona

Region Usulután

Altitude 1500 masl

Varietal Pacamara

Process Washed

Harvest March 2023

Coffee Expression Floral & Balanced

Shipping & Delivery

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· Ships within 1-3 days from Denmark

· Coffee is roasted to order

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Los Pirineos

The Los Pirineos farm has been in the Baraona family for over 130 years. The farm is named for the Pyrenees mountain range that separates France and Spain; many are struck by the breathtaking landscape here in the far east of El Salvador, close to the border with Honduras. After generations of hard work, the family lost much of their land during the brutal Salvadoran Civil in the 1980’s. Gilberto Baraona returned to the family lands against the wishes of his grandparents, who wanted their descendants to avoid the hardship they had been through while producing coffee. Gilberto’s resolve was strong, and he rebuilt the farm, refocussing on producing high quality coffee until his tragic death in 2020. The farm was then taken over by his son Diego, the fifth generation of the Baraona family to work with coffee. Diego, at only 29, has taken on his father’s legacy with aplomb.

We visited Los Pirineos in March 2023, our first trip since Diego took over. We were once again stunned by the steep volcanic slopes of the farm, perched on the Tecapa volcano. One of the highlights of a visit to Los Pirineos is always the varietal garden, curated by Diego’s father throughout his time in coffee. The garden is home to 70 different varietals, many of which we’ve never seen before on our travels in coffee, or are familiar with from other parts of the coffee belt. From this varietal garden, over 20 varietals are in production on the farm, a number Diego has been increasing slowly, along with a greater emphasis on processing, but still with a focus on Pirineos’ incredible terroir, and signature coffees such as Pacamara and Bourbon. 

This year, we’re excited to share a wider look at Diego’s work than ever before, with new varietals and processes to our selection.

Producer: Diego Baraona
Washed Pacamara

All of Pirineos’ coffee is processed at its purpose-built mill, completed in 2014, specially designed to process and separate high quality microlots, with cleanliness and systems taken very seriously. Gilberto always compared the operation to a fine dining restaurant, where preparation and systems in the kitchen help to deliver the highest possible quality of final product with minimal stress during service (or harvest) time. This level of control and precision requires a well trained staff, so the Baraonas make sure of high pay and good conditions, meaning they are able to maintain a staff of around 60 year-round, almost unheard of in the coffee industry. The mill is located in a valley which runs from east to west, giving optimal sun exposure and creating a natural wind tunnel, aiding in drying coffee efficiently. The high altitude also leads to lower average temperatures, leading to longer controlled drying times and better shelf life for the coffees. The dry mill is also located here, and with a similarly systematic approach, coffees are packed and prepared for export right on the farm. All of this leads consistently to some of the finest coffees in El Salvador, and under Diego’s guidance, a widening selection of characterful microlots.

This lot is of the Pacamara varietal, processed using a washed method. All of the water used for processing at Los Pirineos is taken from their rainwater harvesting tank, reducing the farm’s water demand massively. This water usage is reduced even further by the use of Penagos eco-pulping equipment, removing much of the mucilage during the pulping process, removing the need for further fermentation and washing. This results in some of the cleanest representations of terroir and varietal we’ve found during our time in coffee, with floral aromas followed by orange and rich brown sugar in the cup.