El Salvador washed Arabica SHG EP Asociacion de Mujeres Cordillera del Balsamo

citric, round, chocolate, toffee
60 % of 100
60 % of 100
SCA Score 83.00
60 % of 100
Spot: Vollers Hamburg
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Unit of Measure bags of 69kg
Status Spot
Warehouse Vollers Hamburg
Crop 22/23
Acidity 3.000000
Flavor 3.000000
Batch 102691.1
Variety Bourbon
Region Cordillera de Bálsamo, Quetzaltepec
Process Washed
Producer Asociación de Mujeres Cordillera del Bálsamo
SCA Score 83.000000
Body 3.000000

Coffee production in El Salvador has shaped its history for more than 100 years and has been a significant contributor to the Salvadoran economy since the mid 19th century. Until the civil war in the 1980s, El Salvador was one of the most organized coffee-producing countries of Central America, with a renowned international reputation for quality and efficiency. After the end of the war, the country has been striving to recover its production. Due to its rich volcanic soils and mild climate, El Salvador provides excellent conditions for coffee cultivation and is home to some of the world‘s most sought-after varieties. The Cordillera del Bálsamo mountain range is located in the country‘s western region, a few dozen kilometers west of the capital city San Salvador. In this region, many coffee farms are situated around the steep slopes of the Quetzaltepec volcano.

This coffee has been produced by the women of the Asociación de Mujeres Caficultoras de la Cordillera del Bálsamo. The cooperative was founded in 2017 as an initiative of the Sociedad Cooperativa de Caficultores (Siglo XXI). Starting out with a group of 25 women, Siglo XXI provided agricultural support for them to improve the productivity of their farms and to get a better price for their coffee. This ultimately improves the women‘s livelihood and the wellbeing of their communities. Due to the assistance of Siglo XXI, providing agricultural trainings, supplies and seedlings, the women were able to increase their crop by 150% within the first two years. Moreover, they support their local community and the public school by educating children and building a sustainable farm that provides food for the students. Although 2020 was a tough year for the association due to the pandemic, the group keeps growing and aims to achieve even more in the coming years. We are so proud to offer you this project coffee that aims to empower the women in the region of the Cordillera del Bálsamo. By buying this excellent quality, you support the women, their families, as well as the development of their communities.

El Salvador is the smallest, yet most densely populated country in Central America. The country has a special climate with high temperatures during the day and cold nights. In the higher regions, the temperature difference between day and night is rather pronounced, whereas it gets particularly hot on the coastlines.

The first records on coffee production in El Salvador range back to the 1850s. Since then, coffee production has significantly contributed to the country's economy. Thirty years later, in 1880, El Salvador was the fourth largest coffee producer in the world. At that time, about twice as much coffee was grown as today. In the 20th century, El Salvador was one of the most developed countries in Central America, and huge investments were made in infrastructure: roads, ports, and railroads were built. Many of these investments were financed by coffee exports. El Salvador had a reputation for high-quality coffees up until the 1980s when the civil war began. Since then, coffee production numbers have declined significantly.

Today, El Salvador grows only Arabica, especially Bourbon and the Pacas and Pacamara varieties. There are still some large estates in El Salvador today. However, the majority of the coffee is produced by smallholder farmers. In total, coffee from El Salvador makes up about 2% of global exports. Most of this coffee being of very good quality. El Salvador is an origin with a long and rich history that has plenty to offer to coffee lovers worldwide.

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