El Salvador

Innovating to fight a crisis


SCA Score

83.25 - 87.75


Farmers

20


Price (USD/kg)

$3.18 USD - $23.26 USD

The Salvadoran coffee sector is scarred by political conflicts such as agrarian reform and civil war, as well as low market prices and the leaf rust crisis of 2012-2013. The production has reached a record low in 2020, which is expected to be repeated in 2021, generating concerns about the future of coffee in the country among producers and local organizations. On a smaller scale, El Salvador is also home to innovative farmers who carved a space in the specialty industry and are able to navigate difficult times. 

Coffee from El Salvador is renowned for its high quality with a full-bodied and creamy texture as well as notes of berries, stone fruits and citric acidity combined with chocolate and butterscotch. The high quality of the Salvadoran beans comes not only from the traditionally cultivated varieties like Bourbon, Pacas and Pacamara but also from careful post-harvesting practices which many times take place on the farm or high-altitude mills, where the temperatures are cool and the coffees dry slowly.

This tiny Central American country has six coffee growing regions identified according to the mountain range where they are located: Apaneca-Ilamatepec and El Bálsamo Quetzaltepec in the West, Alotepec-Metapán in the North, Chichontepec in the Centre, Tecapa-Chinameca and Cacahuatique in the East. Most Salvadoran farmers sell their coffee to mills or intermediaries, but many are now following the steps of Costa Ricans and building their own wet-mills and patios or solar dryers where they can process their coffees. Harvest runs from November to April. 

Algrano in El Salvador
Algrano has been working with Salvadoran producers since 2018. We partnered with family-owned businesses in the West of the country, mainly at the Apaneca-Ilamatepec and El Bálsamo Quetzaltepec mountain ranges. Amongst our partners are the famous Café Pacas and Café Tuxpal, both members of the Pacas family and known for discovering the Pacas and Bernardina varieties, and Sicafé, the farmers and exporters behind El Salvador’s highest wet-mill. Not to mention the innovative Carlos Pola, whose coffees have been cherry-picked for European competitions. Our team has also met members of the local chapter of the International Womens’ Coffee Alliance (IWCA), who have been offering coffees on the platform since 2020. 

Featured coffees

  • Finca Sabaneta Natural
    Finca Sabaneta
    Verified Grower
    SV-65-202011 • Current harvest
    Finca Sabaneta Natural

    Offered by Finca Sabaneta

    • El Salvador
    • Natural/Sun Dried
    • Floral Rose, Raspberry, Strawberry jam
    • 86.0 points
  • Finca Sabaneta Washed
    Finca Sabaneta
    Verified Grower
    Finca Sabaneta Washed

    Offered by Finca Sabaneta

    • El Salvador
    • Fully washed
    • Prune, Dark chocolate, Dark berries
    • 84.5 points
  • Free samples available
    Fully Washed Tuxpal Blend
    Cafe Tuxpal
    Verified Grower
    SV-119-202012 • Current harvest
    Fully Washed Tuxpal Blend

    Offered by Cafe Tuxpal

    • El Salvador
    • Fully washed
    • Milk chocolate, Nutella, Pip fruit
    • 83.5 points
  • Free samples available
    Black Honey Tuxpal Blend
    Cafe Tuxpal
    Verified Grower
    SV-120-202101 • Current harvest
    Black Honey Tuxpal Blend

    Offered by Cafe Tuxpal

    • El Salvador
    • Honey
    • Dark chocolate, Red berries, Stone fruit
    • 83.5 points
  • Free samples available
    Parainema Natural
    Finca Las Brisas
    SV-122-202102 • Current harvest
    Parainema Natural

    Offered by Finca Las Brisas

    • El Salvador
    • Natural/Sun Dried
    • Floral, Lime, Red berries
    • 85.0 points
  • Free samples available
    Semi Natural H1 Black Honey
    Finca Las Brisas
    SV-126-202102 • Current harvest
    Semi Natural H1 Black Honey

    Offered by Finca Las Brisas

    • El Salvador
    • Honey
    • Raspberry, Mango, Red ripe fruit
    • 85.75 points
  • Free samples available
    Semi Natural H2 Black Honey
    Finca Las Brisas
    SV-127-202102 • Current harvest
    Semi Natural H2 Black Honey

    Offered by Finca Las Brisas

    • El Salvador
    • Honey
    • Lime, Maracuja, Green apple
    • 85.5 points
  • Amber Specialty Blend
    Cafe Pacas
    Verified Grower
    Amber Specialty Blend

    Offered by Cafe Pacas

    • El Salvador
    • Honey
    • Dried fruit, Honey, Cacao
    • 83.75 points
  • Familia Pacas Fully Washed SHG
    Cafe Pacas
    Verified Grower
    Familia Pacas Fully Washed SHG

    Offered by Cafe Pacas

    • El Salvador
    • Fully washed
    • Plum, Dark chocolate, Molasses
    • 84.5 points
  • Finca Santa Rosa Fully Washed Bourbon
    Cafe Pacas
    Verified Grower
    SV-130-202101 • Current harvest
    Finca Santa Rosa Fully Washed Bourbon

    Offered by Cafe Pacas

    • El Salvador
    • Fully washed
    • Orange, Dark chocolate, Molasses
    • 84.5 points

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