Ep. 777 El Salvador Finca Argentina Natural Portillo

Almond, dried apricot, brown sugar

This Portillo lot is a very interesting one and really is for the varietal geeks. It's a super unusual varietal and has only been on the farm since 2018. It’s not one we know a lot about, so we asked Alé to tell us a little more about it...

Just like Pacas was a Bourbon mutation found in a Mr. Paca’s estate, Portillo is also a Bourbon mutation - found in a Mr. Portillo’s estate, hence the name. I guess people are not very creative with names! A friend of my Dad gave him some seeds about 5 or 6 years ago and we planted the coffee and tasted it - It tasted good!
The tree is medium in size and showed a sturdy nature to it. It's more "tolerant" to leaf rust than a Bourbon or Pacas while keeping an excellent cup quality. Keep in mind that there are 20+ types of coffee leaf rust, so at least the cultivar has not shown an impact from the leaf rust types plaguing the country right now.


This funky natural processed coffee starts with sweet almonds before heaping on sultanas and dried apricots. Sticky figs and brown sugar come in on the finish of this sweet and well balanced cup.

  • Country: El Salvador
  • District: Ahuachapán
  • Municipality: Ahuachapán
  • Nearest city: Turin
  • Farm: Finca Argentina
  • Tablon: 4 Manzanas
  • Producer: Alejandro Martinez
  • Altitude: 1,300 m.a.s.l.
  • Varietal: Portillo
  • Processing method: Natural

Cupping Notes

Almond, dried apricot, brown sugar

  • Clean cup: (1–8): 6
  • Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
  • Acidity: (1–8): 6
  • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
  • Flavour: (1–8): 6
  • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
  • Balance: (1–8): 6.5
  • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
  • Correction: (+36): +36
  • Total: (max. 100): 86

Roasting Information
Medium-dark - keeping a steady pace, you want to go through first crack and just up to the first pops of second as the roast drops out, no more.