El Salvador is the smallest of the Central American nations but don’t let its diminutive size distract you. It produces exceptional coffees to a consistently high standard. We buy selected single varietals such as Orange/Pink Bourbon, Red Bourbon and Pacamara.
Approximately 60% of the coffee produced is the Bourbon varietal, which is characterised by an exceptionally clean, bright and sweet profile with strong citrus tones. Notably, El Salvador is the birthplace of the Pacas and Pacamara varietals, the latter being a hybrid of the Pacas and Maragogype. The famous Pacamaras from El Salvador typically create a bigger body, with tropical fruits, syrupy mouthfeel alongside the citrus brightness and characteristic yellow grapefruit aftertaste.
The majority of coffee is produced from farms considered to be medium sized in comparison to other Central and Southern American producing countries. The coffee produced is a result of the farmers’ passion and expertise. Combine this with a skilled picking and milling workforce, and this creates some truly wonderful coffees.
95% of the coffee produced here is shade grown and the main production regions can be seen on the accompanying map:
The coffee producers are supported by the Consejo Salvadoreño Del Café which does great work in supporting and promoting El Salvadorian coffee, both domestically and overseas. Through their work, there has been a tireless drive to stimulate export markets for the growers and to maintain and improve the quality of the coffee produced in El Salvador. As they say in El Salvador….Drink it and Smile!
The harvest occurs once a year between the months of November and February meaning that the first new crop coffees generally arrive in our UK warehouse during June to August.