El Salvador Productores Cafénor


Sometimes we just want coffee to taste like good coffee. There’s a time and place for wild fruitbombs, but if you’re looking for straightforward and good, this is the ticket.

Cafénor represents new sourcing for Huck, and we’re excited to roast up two coffees from this group of farmers and mill in Northwestern El Salvador: this approachable washed coffee and a fruitier honey-processed Pacamara.

Cafénor is a socially-minded private wet and dry mill that aims to produce coffee as ecologically as possible. Founded by Alejandro Valiente and operated by Alejandro and his daughter Valeria, the mill itself, where Cafénor processes coffee cherry or purchases fully-dried coffee from nearby producers and prepares it for export, is carbon-negative.

Cafénor also operates in a farmer-first mindset, working with a dedicated group of growers in the Metapan area year-after-year, coordinating group purchases of farming inputs and equipment, and aiming to deliver 80-85% of the final export price directly to the farmer. Millers and exporters (including the fair ones!) usually absorb a significantly larger cut of the export price.

Here at Huck, there’s no question that we love fruity, bright, complex coffees. But we also appreciate coffee that just tastes like good coffee, and that’s where this washed lot from the Productores (producers) de Cafénor hits. Sweet, straight-forward, no surprises. Just a damn good, pleasantly nutty Central American coffee, and probably the least-fruity coffee in our single origin lineup right now. There’s a touch of pear or golden raisin there, but milk-friendly graham cracker and toasted almond flavors are the stars of the cup here.

We’re excited to drink some solid coffee from Metapan over the next few months, And we’re equally excited to roast up a much-different lot from the group, too. When we do source coffee from new-to-us supply networks, we do look to longterm potential, and with both the variety of flavors and ethos at Cafénor, we think there’s plenty to look forward to. For the present though, this one’s just a good, solid coffee from some well-intentioned folks.

*** For roasting schedule, shipping, receiving & additional information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions . And, for a primer on coffee processing, check out our Processing Basics Guide. *** 

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