El Salvador washed Arabica SHG EP Las Mercedes Reserve Microlot

bright, elegant, honey, white grapes
80 % of 100
80 % of 100
SCA Score 84.00
80 % of 100
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Unit of Measure GrainPro bags of 69kg
Status Spot
Warehouse Vollers Hamburg
Bag Type Grain Pro
Crop 23/24
Acidity 4.000000
Flavor 4.000000
Batch 103235.3
Variety Pacas & Bourbon
Region Cordillera de Bálsamo, Quetzaltepec
Process Washed
Grade SHG EP
Producer Las Mercedes
SCA Score 84.000000
Body 4.000000

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 produces excellent coffees and is home to some of the world‘s most sought-after varieties. One of them is Pacamara, a crossing of Pacas and Maragogype varietals that was developed by the Salvadoran Institute for Coffee Research (ISIC) in 1958 to have the best characteristics of both parenting varieties. Only in the late 1980s, after 30 years of rigorous research, the variety was released to coffee producers to be grown commercially.

Finca Las Mercedes, in the region of Cordillera del Bálsamo, grows a mix of 45% Pacas and 55% Bourbon varieties on its 85 hectares of land. The farm is run by Alvaro Mencía, a 2nd generation coffee farmer. Inspired by his father's farming methodology, he takes maximum care of the nutrition of the coffee with as few non-organic fertilizers as possible.

For this microlot coffee from Las Mercedes, only the ripest coffee cherries are selected manually, and afterward, they are de-pulped, washed, and dried. The result in the cup is sweet with delicate citric hints. Plus, with the purchase of this coffee, you support more than 20 families who make a living from working on the plantation.

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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