About El Salvador Finca Monte Verde
Arrived October 2015. This is the first offering of this coffee from Finca Monte Verde in El Salvador. Located near the capital of San Salvador, the Monte Verde farm has been involved in coffee farming for 5 generations. The farm sits at an altitude of about 4,500 feet and the coffee is washed process. This coffee has limited availability each year and this crop is the first to be exported in the specialty coffee market, something that could be very beneficial to putting the farm on the map and providing higher income to help them continue to grow the success of not only the farm, but of the community as a whole.
The founder of the importing company that we purchase this coffee from is himself involved in assisting the farm with quality control and crop improvements. The family who runs the farm are very active in the community. The wife is a doctor who provides health care to members of the community. The farm serves as a sanctuary for stray and neglected animals.
- Country: El Salvador
- Farm Name: Monte Verde
- Altitude: 1150-1400 MASL
- Varietals: Red and Yellow Bourbon
- Process: Fully Washed, traditional
El Salvador is a major producer of Bourbon coffee as well as Pacamara. Some of the best coffee agronomy in this hemisphere has been conducted in El Salvador, both in the private and public sectors. There is an active, sharing community of coffee growers working toward refinement of selected of cultivars.
Cup Characteristics: Sugar browning, very fruity and especially clean. Notes of baked apple, piquant with a long, smooth finish. Excellent cup.
Roasting Notes: This coffee can fill your needs at any roast level. It's fairly high grown and carries the grade of SHG (Strictly High Grown). Thus, the beans are hard and need some higher heat. We always prefer some midpoint between first and second crack for maximizing flavor and sweetness but that is a personal preference. This coffee can successfully be dark roasted.
El Salvador coffee facts:
Population (2006): 6.8 million People
Coffee Production: 1.6 million bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 150 pounds - 69 kg
Domestic Consumption: 300,000 bags
Coffee Export: 1,300,000 bags
Cultivated Area: 147,000 Hectares (363,000 acres)
Harvest: February-May (for specialty grades)
Arabica Introduced: In 1830 from British Honduras.
Farms: over 40,000 over 70% less than one hectare.
Specialty Coffee areas: Santa Ana, La Libertad, Usulatan
Botanical Varietals: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Pacas, Pacamara.
In recent years, El Salvador has produced some outstanding coffees exhibiting refinement and complexity.