EL SALVADOR

Our Coffees

Name Origin Processing Certification
SHG EP El Balsamo Quezaltepec Quetzaltepec-Bálsamo Washed None Select
Washed SHG EP Rainforest Alliance El Salvador Washed RFA Select

More about El Salvador

El Salvador is commonly known as the ‘Land of Volcanoes’ as the entirety of the country sits on Central America’s volcanic axis and much of the country’s landscape is dominated by a vast range of volcanoes. El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. It is bordered to the North and East by Honduras and to the West by Guatemala. The Pacific Ocean stretches out from its Southern coast. El Salvador has a rich history in agriculture, with a mountainous landscape, warm climate and fertile volcanic soils.

Annual production: 600,000 bags
Altitude range: 700 - 2300 masl
No coffee farmers: 20,000
Harvest times: October – March
Key growing regions: Apaneca-Ilamatepec, Quetzaltepec-Bálsamo, Chichontepec, Tecapa-Chinameca, Cacahuatique, Alotepec-Metapán
Typical varieties: Bourbon, Pacas, Pacamara, Catuai & Typica
Grading system: Sorted by altitude; SHG (Strictly High Grown) 1200 masl and above, and HG (High Grown) 800 – 1200 masl
Processing type: Washed, Honey and Natural

Production Information

Most coffee in El Salvador is grown by smallholder growers who have on average less than 3.5 hectares, a legacy of land reformation and redistribution policies of the 1980s. The primary variety cultivated is Bourbon which contributes to around 60% of the coffee produced. This is followed, unusually, by the Pacas variety, which is a dwarf cultivar of Bourbon lineage discovered on a farm in Santa Ana owned by the Pacas family in 1949. Other notable varieties grown throughout El Salvador are the large bean-producing plants Pacamara and Maragogype, and some Typica, Catimor and Catuai. Coffee is predominantly grown under shade and, on smaller farms, intercropped with additional shade-giving crops such as avocados.

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