El Salvador Green Coffee Beans
Varieties of El Salvador green coffee beans: bourbon, pacas, catimor, sarhimor. 60% of the coffee grown in El Salvador is bourbon. It is characterized by a clean, bright, and sweet profile with strong citrus notes. Pacamara is characterized by a rounder body with tropical fruits, juicy taste, bright citrus notes.
Pacas has a round body, light acidity, floral and spicy notes.
Farmers in El Salvador process coffee using almost any method - washed, honey and natural.
Where are green coffee beans grown in El Salvador?
El Salvador has 6 mountain coffee-growing ranges.
2020 - 0.6 million bags (60 kg each)
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Cordilleras, including Santa Ana and Chalatenango, are located in the northwest of the country, with a total area of about 2870 hectares, which is about 1.3% of the country's total area. Lands in this area reach an altitude of 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level. The most common varieties of El Salvador green coffee beans grown in this area are Pacas, Bourbon, Pakamara, Catimors, Catuai, Katurra, and Cuscatleco.
This region has reached a high level of production. It is known for its quality product and mainly consists of small producers who usually process their coffee to the parchment stage.
Cordilleras, including La Libertad, San Salvador, and some municipalities of Sonsonate, are located in the center of the south and cover 25% of the country's total area. Lands in this area reach an altitude of 500 to 1960 meters above sea level. This region can be divided into two subregions: 'Cordillera del Bálsamo' and ‘Volcano San Salvador-Quezaltepeque’.
Coffee beans in this region have a balanced, creamy body, and their taste is more like vanilla, have a bright acidity, which provides a velvety character.
Cordilleras, including the departments of Santa Ana, Sonsonate, and Ahuachapan, are located to the country's west, where about 50% of coffee producers and cultivated areas are concentrated. Lands in this area reach an altitude of 1000 to 2365 meters above sea level.
Volcano San Vicente or Chichontepec is located in the Guadalupe and Tepetitan in the department of San Vicente, and the other part - in the municipalities of Zacatecoluca and San Juan Nonualco in the department of La Paz. The cultivated areas make up about 5% of the total area of the country. Lands in this area reach an altitude of 500 to 1000 meters above sea level.
El Salvador green coffee beans from this region is unique with its rich aroma of fleur-de-lis and subtle notes of chocolate.
Cordilleras, including Usulutan and San Miguel, are located in the country's east, with approximately 12% of sown area. This mountain range is a significant tourist attraction and is also known as La Esmeralda de America. There is the 'Lagoon of Joy,' surrounded by geysers and hot springs in the crater. Lands in this area reach an altitude of 500 to 1000 meters above sea level.
There are about 3,000 small producers in this region.
Cordilleras, including San Miguel and Morasan, are located in the country's northeastern part, with 4% of the cultivated area. Lands in this area reach a height of 500 to 1663 meters above sea level.
Green coffee beans from this region of El Salvador have a powerful, aromatic, and light body, medium acidity, a good balance between citric and malic acids, and a long residual taste with a sweet aftertaste.
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