Balanced session espresso
El salvador
Las Brisas



Altitude 1400 -1740 masl
Process HONEY
Harvest JANUARY - MARCH 2022
Notes Avellana tostadaCherryCocoa Powder

We’ve chosen this lot for our new Balanced Session Espresso for its creamy body and sweetness. A classic profile with notes of chocolate, hazelnut and cherries, a smooth acidity and a cocoa powder and molasses aftertaste.

Carlos Pola is a 5th generation producer we got to meet this year during his trip to Barcelona. Carlos worked in the textile industry for 20 years before becoming fully dedicated to coffee in 2012. Today, he manages Finca Las Brisas and two other farms from his family, investing in technology and sustainability.

Carlos describes his approach to farming as something new and sustainable. He doesn’t produce washed lots because the process results in the contamination of water sources. He is a big believer in the power of Mycorrhizal fungi, a type of fungi that forms a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with the coffee plants: this fungi colonize the plant through their roots and establish a network of structures through which they exchange sugars and nutrients with the tree. It may sound new, but it’s a natural technique that was used fifty years ago and has been replaced by chemical fertilizers.

When the leaf rust hit Central America in 2012-2013, Carlos’ Farm was badly affected as were most farms in the area. Because of this he decided to renovate his farm with more resistant varieties such as Pacamara, Pacas and other hybrids that have been in the farm for decades (while other producers kept using Bourbon due to its good reputation for cup quality). It meant he spent six years at 15% capacity. Instead of replanting using the structure the farm already had, he decided to change the architecture, like they do in Brazil by contour farming. A practice which consists in planting trees along a line of the same elevation to conserve rainwater and prevent erosion.

Once the cherries are picked, they are first floated to remove the unripe ones. They are then dried for two days to remove the excess of water. The coffee is then depulped without the use of water (depulped natural) before being dried on raised african beds, covered everyday after 12pm.

“All our coffees with roasting for espresso can be prepared in your home Moka Pot with the recipe that you can find in the NOMAD at Home section.

If you have an espresso machine we recommend using 18 grams of coffee to extract 35 grams in a cup in a time of 28 seconds. We use a temperature of 93ºC with the help of 9 bars of pressure.

We offer you these guidelines so that you have a guide when developing a recipe, but you should bear in mind that it can change depending on the coffee machine you are working with, the grinder and the water you are using.

Our machine: La Marzocco, Linea PB
Our grinder: Victoria Arduino, Mythos One
Our water: Osmotized water, 110 ppm”