Chalatenango is a region of artisans, painters and artists. This makes sense as the picturesque town of La Palma is blessed with breathtaking landscapes and a perfect climate. Most beautifully of all, this place is famous for having murals painted in many colors just like all the handcrafts that have been created in this region. Our coffee comes from a few producers in this region, some of which we are sure have family members and relatives who participate in the artistry.
El Mural is a term produced by Caravela that signifies a blend of coffees from two main cantons: Citalá and La Palma, both of these are part of the Montecristo Triﬁnio, a tri-border national park shared between El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Designated as a biosphere reserve in 2011, it is an area of incredibly rich bio-diversity.
Caravela started developing relationships with producers in this area in 2012, and opened a buying station and cupping lab in La Palma in December 2015 for better interaction with the producers. They produce coffees with medium acidity and notes of sweet caramel, red fruit, orange and vanilla. This coffee is a great starting point for what this region has to offer. Moreover, being a honey processed coffee shows the growth and maturity in processing methodology and practice. We found that this lot had a wonderful Marzipan and Milk Chocolate fusion of sweetness and flavor with a delicate though bridging acidity similar to white pluots. Fitting since they are in season!