This Aida Batlle Select coffee is grown on Finca Paraiso in El Salvador owned by Claudia Mathies Rank. The farm has been in her family for 3 generations.
We visited El Salvador in early Spring 2019, and spent time with both Aida and Claudia. On our visit to Paraiso, we explored the nursery and farm learning what we could from the farmers and pickers. Like many coffee farms they are constantly fighting off coffee borer beetles (aka "broca"). You can see a farmer [holding up a plate] discussing a method of prevention that avoids the use of harsh pesticides.
Since 2009, the Aida Batlle Selection (ABS) program along with J. Hill Y Cia has tirelessly sourced exceptional coffees year after year, the lots to earn the sought-after ABS certification unfailingly snatched up by internationally distinguished roasters and cutting-edge cafes, and are consistently celebrated at the most revered barista and roaster competitions internationally. Experimental yeasting processing has become a signature of Aida's, with each iteration proving to be unique and revolutionary.