Bean Market’s August subscription featured Villa Galicia, Concepcion De Ataco, El Salvador from The Maling Room.
DETAILS OF ORIGIN:
Over 150 years ago, Don Manuel Ariz left Galicia, Spain and arrived in concepcion de Ataco, Ahuachapán – at this time, coffee planting was starting to take hold and Ariz invested in small lots of land nearby, beginning with 13.5 flat-clay-lime soil hectare, which is now today VillaGalicia.
Today, Mauricio Salaverria continues the family business and produces specialty coffees. It has now come to include 6 small farms (Divisadero Café Farms) and investing in an ecological Micro Mill.
They are dedicated to being ecologically minded and progressive. For workers, this means paying them higher wages. This sustainable labour source contributes to consistently high quality coffee.
Nestled in the Eastern suburb of Canterbury, Melbourne you would walk by The Maling Room thinking it is a post office. It houses a Has Granti and Renegrade, and has at least five single origins on offer at any one time, supplying a vast range of coffee house across Melbourne, including Chez Dre and Bibelot. The Maling Room won The Age’s 2013 ‘Best Boutique Roasters of the Year’.
Whilst I was there I chatted to roaster Po Chen, about her work with The Maling Room. Po was kind enough to give me a tour of The Maling room’s roastery.
Strawberry sweetness, juicy blackberry, well rounded mouth-feel with a choc/passionfruit finish
THE MALING ROOM’S PREFERRED WAY OF PREPARING THE VILLA GALICIA:
- 200cc water
- 90 degree celsius
- Use 30-40cc to bloom for 10 sec
- The whole process takes about 90 secs to finish.
Concepcion de Ataco, Ahuachapán, West El Salvador
Pulped Natural/ Black Honey Prep (slow dried on African beds with direct sun for 18-20 days)
206 Canterbury Road, Canterbury, 3126, VIC