Mary and Mauricio Ortiz have been growing coffee together for 30 years. When they first got married they were gifted their land by Mauricio's family and they started to grow coffee there soon after. Mauricio's brother owns a total of 140 hectares of coffee farms named El Sunza, of which El Sunzita is a small part.
The farm is located in the El Paste region of the Santa Ana department of El Salvador. In previous years the coffee produced on El Sunzita's 19 hectares was incorporated with production from the rest of the El Sunza estate, but since 2015 Mary and Mauricio have switched to processing and selling their crop separately. This has enabled them to take more control over farm practices and processing, meaning a higher quality end product and more economical stability for their business. Today El Sunzita has it's own plant nursery and a small depulper on site which means they are able to experiment with different varietal usage, plant maintenance, and processing methods. Step by step Mary and Mauricio have built an incredibly beautiful farm on their land, and their grown-up kids are getting more involved over time as well.
Sweet toffee fills the cup, joined by juicy raisins. However, there's a dark chocolate that balances those sweet flavours and makes this a complex and elegant cup.
- Country: El Salvador
- Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range
- Department: Santa Ana
- Area: El Paste
- Nearest City: Santa Ana
- Farm: El Sunzita
- Farmer: Mauricio Ortiz and Mary Ortiz
- Altitude: 1,400 m.a.s.l.
- Variety: Pacas
- Processing System: Washed