We first encountered Alejandro Valiente and his knack for coffee in 2011, in the Metapán highlands. Instead of just trying to sell us his coffee, he seemed to be interviewing us--gauging how much we really cared about his region’s indigenous communities and diverse ecology.

After a few years working together, we began La Selecta. Alejandro advises agricultural workers throughout Central America on the rewards and challenges of specialty coffee. He follows up by ensuring that Four Barrel payments always make it that last step into growers' hands.

With Alejandro traveling from farm to farm, Four Barrel now includes a local expert whose ethics, expertise, and taste buds are elevating all of our lives. This is a unique program, nurturing special relationships. It’s no wonder we call these coffees what they are: La Selecta.