The coffee trees are surrounded by citrus trees such as limes and oranges, and teak trees for wood, helping promote higher quality coffee production whilst also diversifying income. Half of the farm is a tropical dry forest, housing biodiverse ecosystems. The town of Tacuba is a hotspot for protected wilderness, with the nearby Impossible National Forest Reserve expanding across 1,450 hectares. The farm is also working on more sustainable agricultural methods such as cultivating red worms to create humic acid, contributing to the production of a more natural fertilizer for the coffee. Habitats for a specific bee species are also protected to combat the spread of the Coffee Berry Borer. These sustainable methods are essential, especially considering the looming threat of climate change and the risk of droughts and floods.
El Salvador is the smallest of the Central American nations, but do not let its diminutive size fool you. It produces exceptional coffees to a consistently high standard.
The history of coffee in El Salvador is inextricably linked to the development of the nation, itself. Introduced in the late 1880’s, coffee quickly displaced indigo as the country’s chief export, and by the 1920s, coffee accounted for 90% of all El Salvador’s exports.
Despite its small size, the country is efficient and able to maintain high yields thanks to the dedication of producers and the ideal climates for coffee production.