Aida Batlle's experimental Cascara Fermentation process yields a delicately toned, soft and sweet coffee. The complex aroma features tea rose, caramelized pineapple, and golden raisin, with vanilla and a hint of lemongrass emerging in the brewed cup. Light golden kiwi acidity complements the soft body, finishing with notes of almond brittle and sandalwood.
Producer: Aida Batlle
Farm: Finca Kilimanjaro
Region: Santa Ana Department
Altitude: 5400 feet
Varietal: Kenya and Bourbon
Process: Cascara Fermentation
Notes: Tea Rose, Almond Brittle, Raisin
The Cascara Fermentation Process
The ever-innovative Aida Batlle of Finca Kilimanjaro continues to push boundaries and lead the specialty coffee world with her experiments in coffee processing. For this nanolot, Aida’s team brews a batch of cascara tisane (a tea-like brew made from dried coffee cherry skins), strains it, and allows it to cool. Once the coffee is depulped, it is placed in a fermentation tank with the cascara to ferment for 40 hours. The coffee is then dried on raised beds.
High on the slopes of the Santa Ana Volcano lies the world famous Finca Kilimanjaro. Owned and managed by fifth-generation coffee farmer and specialty coffee ambassador Aida Battle, Finca Kilimanjaro is one of the most consistent and innovative farms in the industry.
This long-standing farm has earned a lauded reputation under Aida’s guidance over the last several years. Back in 1935, trees were brought to the farm from Kenya to share land with the traditional Bourbon trees. The coffee variety from Kenya features big, bright fruity notes that distinguish many African coffees, complimenting the balanced and deeply sweet notes of the Bourbon variety. Some of those original trees still stand on the farm, creating seedlings with a consistent flavor profile that defines her farm’s coffee - a little bit of Africa, a little bit of El Salvador.
Aida rose to prominence when she won the 2003 El Salvador Cup of Excellence and has since been featured in Time Magazine, Forbes, and The New Yorker. She consistently impresses us with her commitment to sustainable practices, quality, and innovation.