The coffee story
Owner | Rafael Silva
Region | Apaneca-Illamatepec Mountain Range
Micro-Region | Chalchuapa, Santa Ana
Altitude | 1450 – 1675 masl
Size | 40 manzanas (28.2 hectars)
Yearly Rain Average | 2500mm
Type of Soil | Clay Loam Soil
Varieties | Red Bourbon, Yellow Caturra, Pacamara, SL-28, Java, Elephant Bourbon, Yellow Pacamara, Geisha
Type of Shade Trees | Inga’s, Cypress, Pine
Flowering Period | March to May
Harvesting Period | December to February
Processing Methods | Washed, Semi-Washed, Honey, Natural, and Experiments
Drying Methods | Sun-dried in patios and raised beds
We come from a long line of coffee growers and our agricultural practices have been inherited from father to son for over six generations.
Physically, the trees have very big foliage, the cherries are very big (bigger than Pacamara cherries), they have a pointy end at the tip of the cherry, and do not grow too tall. He then went back to the farm and took leaves as instructed by Syrah in France to have them tested for their DNA trace. The results came back saying it was Bourbon. The following year, he selected some of the cherries for seeds and the rest to try again in the cup. Those seeds have now grown into small plants and are ready to be planted back in Siberia.
We orientate our work to produce high-quality coffees from the earliest stages of production. All our coffees are manually picked by trained workers from 7 am to 12 pm. After that, our pickers spread the cherries over a plastic canvas and remove the under-ripe ones. When the coffee is delivered to our mill we check the screen size and level of Brix. This goes into our records and also helps us decide how to process the coffee. We wash the cherries with clean water and put them inside sealed tanks for fermentation. There is a tube coming out of each tank to allow for oxygen to escape, leaving only carbon dioxide inside the container. The pH is monitored every 5 hours. When we reach a pH of 4 we open the container and take the cherries to dry on raised beds inside a polytunnel, where we can better control the variables that affect drying. The process can take up to 35 days.
1450m - 1670m
December, 2020 - February, 2021
Average yearly production in bags
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: March, 2021
|Key flavor notes||
AlgranoBlueberry, Strawberry, Melon, Banana, Kiwi
Grower (Pending)Raspberry, Melon, Papaya, Blackberry, Blueberry, Pineapple
AlgranoVery berry-like, topped with notes of melon, mild-medium, supportive citric acidity and smooth body. Generally sweet and pleasant, with a lingering aftertaste and coating mouthfeel, elegant and soft.
Sicafe S.A. De C.V.
Sicafe is owned by the Silva family. We grow, process, export and roast coffee in Apaneca, Ahuachapán, El Salvador. We market coffees from our 6 family farms, located around the summits of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, and also from 30 other producers around the country. We are proud to say we have had coffees amongst the winning lots of the national Cup of Excellence 7 times! La Siberia Estate, in our family since 1870, produced a lot that was awarded 94 pts. by Coffee Review in 2008. We also received 3 awards from AVPA Paris for our roasted coffees for two consecutive years. In 2017, our mill San Pedro was named the most environmentally friendly in the country. We grow mainly 2 varieties: Bourbon and Pacamara. Our trees are covered by shade and fertilized with organic matter produced by us. We also care deeply for our staff by providing workshops, scholarships and full pensions for those that retire because of old age. Visit our website sicafesa.com.
Relationships with Roasters in
Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, and Turkey
Average orders per roaster
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.
Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:
- Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
- EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.
Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.
When calculating price, you can select your preferred currency: USD, CHF, EUR, or GBP.
2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:
1. Buy now, pay later
Pay your coffee after its delivered in Europe. This option generates an additional fee, displayed in the shopping cart.
3. Pay 10 days after placing the order
We will send you a 10 day invoice straight after you placed your order.