Chimney Fire Coffee - El Salvador, El Cipres
Dan spent several years working in coffee and cocoa traceability before moving back from Ghana to his garden shed and setting up Chimney Fire Coffee in 2016. A year later, with a touch of cabin fever and moving full time on the business, it was time to move the roastery to a converted stables with a 15kg small-batch roaster in the Surrey Hills.
I met up with Dan in early 2019 and we went out to El Salvador together on the search for a producer with great coffee who Dan could work with directly. After visiting farms, mills, countless cuppings and even a visit to the El Salvador Coffee festival Dan selected Tomas's coffee and brought it back.
It's one I've personally seen the end to end chain, from meeting the producer, cupping the coffee at origin and visiting the roastery I'm really proud to be able to showcase this coffee from Chimney Fire.
The El Cipres farm is located on the slopes of the Santa Ana Volcano, at a height of 1,600 to 1,700 meters above sea level. Producer Don Tomas first planted the bourbon variety 10 years ago and has ensured an increase in quality year on year thanks to careful farm management and good agricultural practices.
The coffee is protected by natural shade cover, including the surrounding mountains and Pepeto trees. Pepeto trees also provide excellent nutrients and organic matter for the soil through leaves falling and decomposing during pruning.
This is a natural processed coffee, which means that during harvest season, the coffee cherries (the fruit that contains the coffee bean) are picked from the trees at the optimal time for ripeness, and taken to the drying patio where they are separated into groups depending on the level of ripeness. From here the coffee is then dried inside the cherry with careful temperature monitoring to ensure the correct moisture level is maintained.
We are extremely pleased to work directly with Tomas, having visited his farm in 2019, and look forward to supporting the continued expansion of his farm.
Roaster - Chimney Fire Coffee
Location - Dorking, Surry.
Coffee Origin - El Salvador
Grower - Finca El Cipres
Location - Lamatepec Volcano, Santa Ana.
Process - Natural
Variety - Bourbon
Taste notes - Bursting with flavour, this is a pick & mix of deep red fruits, ripe plums and a sultana sweetness.
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