Singuinilla - El Salvador

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About Singuinilla

The best things come straight from the source. The Menendez’s are so precise and organized within each of their farms that they name each section of the farm as a smaller microlot. Usually, these all get processed together, but being in the right place at the right time has its advantages.

Several years ago on our origin trip to El Salvador, we had the privilege of tasting the subtle nuances between very small microlots of many of the Menendez Family coffee farms. One that stood out to us was this lot from the El Rosario farm, which is a neatly manicured, relatively flat expanse carved into the hill. The Menendez’s separated this lot from the rest to give us an even more traceable-to-the-source coffee. 

If you try to find an English translation for ‘Singuinilla’, you’ll  be out of luck. That’s because it’s most likely a made up word! The name has existed in the area long before the Menendez family purchased the land. It may be an indigenous word that was either misspelled or just a personal name that didn’t have a meaning to anyone else.

We last purchased Singuinilla from the Menendez’s in 2019 and we’re so excited to bring it back. It gives us the classic Menendez coffee flavors that keeps us coming back year after year. Hazelnuts and red apple provide a comforting and approachable body and acidity, complemented by a caramel-y  sweetness. The Menendez coffees are some of our favorites, not only because they please any coffee drinker, but also because they always have a great story to tell.

REGION: Apaneca-Ilamtepec, El Salvador
FARM/MILL: El Rosario
VARIETAL: Bourbon
ALTITUDE: 1,350 Meters
PRODUCER: Menendez Family
PROCESS: Fully Washed

Directly sourced with the Menendez Family. 

 


Tastes like

Red Apple, Toasted Hazelnut, Caramel



Brewing Recommendation

While we strive to roast our coffees to be enjoyable using any brewing method, try it on Kalita or a drip brewer. 

Kalita Brewing Ratio - 1:16 [i.e. 25g coffee and 400g water]

Drip Brewing Ratio - 1:16 [i.e. 40g coffee and 640g water]

Frequently asked questions

We ship almost all orders same or next day, Monday-Friday. We ship via USPS and typically orders take 2-5 days arrive. (But, as you may know, once we drop your package off, shipping times are out of our control.)

The coffee is usually roasted within one business day (Monday-Friday) of shipment. We recommend waiting at least 3-4 days after the roasting date before brewing. (And we think the sweet spot is around 2 weeks!)

All our coffees will be somewhere in the vicinity of a light to medium roast.

The way we approach roasting coffees is called 'profile roasting' meaning that we create a unique roasting profile for each coffee based on the characteristics of each bean (density, size, moisture level within the bean, etc) and how it reacts while roasting so that we can get what we believe to be the best expression possible for each of our coffees!

Lucky for you, any of our coffees can be brewed as espresso!

We aim to roast our coffee so that it tastes great in a variety of brew methods. (Fun fact: espresso is a brew method, not a type of coffee bean!)

If one of our offerings sounds good to you, we bet you’ll like it on espresso too! But, we always like to suggest Tres Banderas as a starting point for espresso. 

No, most of our coffees aren’t ‘certified’ organic. But!! That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not grown using organic processes. For many of the farms/mills that we purchase coffee from, the cost of the certification could put them out of business — new and separate equipment, cost of application process, the time spent going through certification (multiple years), etc. You can read more on the topic in our blog post here.

We are not officially fair trade certified and typically do not purchase Fair Trade certified coffees. We believe the system is a good one, and has helped many farmers and families earn a better living, however, one thing it does not address well is quality of product, and we typically pay much higher prices for higher quality.

Fair trade usually offers farmers a small premium (about $.40) on top of whatever the current market price for coffee is. We either work directly with producers or importers that already pay well above Fair Trade prices for high quality coffees. We pay top prices for great coffees regardless of any certification. Please feel free toreach out to us if you have any other questions regarding our buying practices.

Your enthusiastic satisfaction with your order is our top priority! If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us to discuss available options.

You have 30 calendar days to return an item from the date the order was placed. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it in and must be in the original packaging.

Please note that we cannot accept returns on coffee because it is a perishable item. If we made an error in fulfilling your coffee order, we will, of course, make it right! Just contact us and we’ll get everything sorted.

Visit our full FAQ page or send us a note at hello@crema-coffee.com.