El Salvador.

Overview

Altitude Range: 500 – 1800m

Language Spoken: Spanish

Harvest: October – March.

Annual Coffee Production: 844,000 bags

Common Varieties: Bourbon, Pacas, and Pacamara

Avg Farm Size: 5 hectares to 50 hectares.

General Cup Profile

Salvadorans wear the Bourbon badge of honor proudly. Producers, even in the face of impending coffee-leaf rust, are loyal to this variety known for its big body and sweetness. Producers in El Salvador believe the Bourbon variety is what makes a coffee distinctively Salvadoran. The cups typically are big bodied, creamy, and full of sugar. Higher-grown Salvadoran coffee also expresses mild citric acidity in the form of lemon and lime. Processing experiments in El Salvador are leading to some very unique microlots, by introducing notes of strawberries and blackberries in the cup alongside the other elements.

 

Growing Regions

 

Alotepec-Metapán

(1000–2000 masl) This is a small volcanic region located in the northwest, is famous for producing the finest coffees in the country. The varieties found in this region are: Bourbon, Pacas, Pacamara, Catuai, and Catimor. We source some exciting microlots from producers in Chalatenango, which is located in this region.

 

Apaneca-Ilamatepec

(500–2365 masl) Apaneca is the largest coffee-growing area in the country, and this is where most of the bigger farms are located. The region is near to Santa Ana and Ahuachapan cities. The principal varieties cropped here are Bourbon, Pacas, and various Bourbon derivatives.

 

El Balsamo-Quetzaltepec

(500–1960 masl) The volcano San Salvador is in this area, helping providing rich volcanic soil in the region. The varieties found in this area are: Bourbon, Pacas, and various Bourbon derivatives.

 

Cacahuatique

(500–1663 masl) Most of the producers in this region have extremely small farms (5–10 hectares). The varieties found in the region are: Bourbon, Pacas, and a host of other varieties.

 

Chichontepec

(500–1000 masl) The volcano Chichontepec is located between La Paz and San Vicente. The coffee farms in this area are located on the slopes of the volcano. The varieties found in this area are: Bourbon, Pacas, and mixture of Bourbon with Pacas.

 

Tecapa-Chinameca

(500–2139 masl) This is a mountainous region, where the morning dew can be seen covering the coffee in the early hours. The varieties found in the region are: Bourbon, Pacas, and mixture of Pacas and Bourbon.

 

Processing

Washed primarily with some natural and honey experimentation.