Why the Salvadoran Blend?
Salvadoran Whole Bean Coffee That is 100% Specialty Grade Arabica Fair Trade Organic. This is a fine aromatic coffee that has a soft tropical fruity aroma with malted chocolate sweetness. Try something different! Enjoy your cup of coffee.
Salvadorans call coffee el grano de oro, or the "grain of gold". Historically, El Salvador has strongly depended on coffee, and has made its mark throughout El Salvador's history, government, and economic development. Coffee has been El Salvador's leading export crop since the 1880s.
In the 1920s and 1930s, coffee exports totaled 90% of all of El Salvador's exports. The global depression of the 1930s dropped coffee prices to one-third of the previous prices, which in turn cut wages of coffee producers in half and many workers also lost their jobs. El Salvador's coffee industry survived and prospered following the Great Depression, while they advanced their plantation technology, and used sophisticated systems in coffee processing.
El Salvador became the world's fourth largest exporter of coffee in the 1970s. The production of coffee in El Salvador reached a peak in 1980, with export revenue over $615 million. In 1988, coffee accounted for half of El Salvador's GDP, and provided direct employment for 155,000 Salvadorans, and in 2002, coffee only accounted for 3.5% of El Salvador's GDP.
Some farmers, with assistance from USAID, are breaking into a different market of specialty coffee, boosting returns on coffee and its share of GDP. USAID has helped improve the way El Salvador coffee farmers harvest, process, and market their coffee, improving the method of picking ripe cherries, sorting, and how best to dry and mill the coffee beans. In addition to improving their process, USAID helped show farmers how to treat wash water and protect the environment, working with the Rainforest Alliance. Because of this, their coffee can be certified as environmentally-friendly, boosting the market value of their beans, and attracting more buyers.
"Strictly High Grown" refers to coffee that is grown at an altitude higher than 4,500 feet above sea level. What gives a fine quality to the SHG Apaneca coffee is the precious time it takes for a bean to hit maturity at such high elevations. This length of time creates a hard and dense body often said to be more desirable and found more expensive than coffee grown at lower elevations. Apaneca is a region rich with volcanic soils and natural potassium. During all stages of the harvesting process here, high quality is guaranteed in the particular selection of planting. Carefully, the harvesters hand-pick a selection of only the biggest and most mature coffee beans, which are later wet milled and sun-dried on brick patios.
Coffee Origin: Santa Ana region in Apaneca, Llamatepeq, Central America
This is fine aromatic coffee that has a soft tropical fruity aroma with malted chocolate sweetness. It is smooth, creamy and balanced with tastes of cherry, caramel, banana and subtle high notes of apricot and strawberry in the background.
The Salvadoran Blend is a collection of coffee from coffee producers in the region of Santa Ana in Apaneca, LLamatepeq. The coffees that are grown in these areas and create the Santa Ana brand, are mostly Bourbon and Pacas varietals. The coffee is then milled at Cafe Tuxpal, which is owned and managed by Federico Pacas. We find great pleasure in the consistent quality and care in Café Tuxpal’s processing from the farm all the way to the mill.
Reference: 100% Specialty Grade Arabica
Roast Level: CRISP LIGHT ROAST
Coffee Bag Size: 12oz
AROMA & FLAVOR NOTES: CHERRY, LEMON, STRAWBERRY, BANANA, TANGERINE, CARAMEL, APRICOT, MALTED CHOCOLATE, TOFFEE