El Salvador Finca La Portezuelo
El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America, and shares a border with Guatemala and Honduras.
The coffee production has fuelled the country’s economy and shaped its history for the past century. We are going to delve deeper into the rich history and culture of this amazing country further down in the article.
The country’s coffee is favoured for having notes of honey, citrus and chocolate. This is why we love it so much, it is sweet with a touch of creamy caramel, which makes it simply delicious.
El Salvador Coffee Growing Regions
Coffee was planted in this country originally for domestic consumption in the mid-1700s, however over the next 100 years it became a stable and significant crop. It’s production increased rapidly throughout the 1800s.
El Salvador has a few different varieties of its beans, which include:
It also has many different Growing Regions, including:
- Apaneca Llamatepec
- El Bálsamo–Quetzaltepec
- Santa Ana
El Salvador Coffee Tasting Notes and Characteristics
This country’s coffee is known for having less acidity than most in Central America, which for a lot of people is favourable.
However, there can be variations with some having a high acidity. Even if this is the case, the honey-like sweetness gently balances this out. The aroma of this country’s beans are known for having notes of sweet fruit, spice and floral.
Our beans are grown at an elevation of 1300-1400m, which creates very high quality beans. Our beans our washed and sun-dried, which also contributes to its premium quality and great flavour.
Importing Coffee from El Salvador
In 2012 the coffee rust outbreak hit El Salvador’s production hard. This greatly affected their level of exports, as they have been stuck on just half a million bags for the past few years. You can read more about the coffee rust crisis in El Salvador here.
It is formally known as Hemileia vastatrix, and it is a fungus that causes the leaves of the plant to rust. The appearance of it on the leaves is usually orange or yellow and is a powdery texture.
It only takes 24-48 hours to contaminate a leaf, and it will then spread to the rest of the plant.
This was costly to the country’s economy, as not only did they lose money on lack of production and exports, but they had to invest into removing the disease.
However, the country is building its coffee production back up again and is predicted to be producing 599,000 sixty-kg bags by the end of 2017, which will hopefully increase again next year.
Shop Adams and Russell El Salvador Finca La Portezuelo
This plantation produces superb Arabica Bourbon coffee naturally shaded by the ‘Inga’ tree. The plantation has also gained a Rain Forest Alliance Certificate to show its commitment to protect the environment and the rights of its workers.
Situated among the llamatepec mountain range, the farm takes drinkable spring water from the slopes of El Portezuelo, contributing to a clean cup in this washed coffee.
These beans are of extremely high quality and can be enjoyed with milk, sugar and pretty much anything else you would like to experiment with.
This a well balanced coffee, a must for those who don’t like it too strong. The shade grown status allows it to mature slowly, for those sweet flavours to develop over time.