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El Salvador: Finca Santa Rita

Earlier this year, our Head Roaster, Heather Brisson-Lutz made the trip down to El Salvador to visit our long time Direct Trade partners, the Salaverria family, who own several farms and a large mill in Santa Ana called JASAL. The family is obsessive about quality and eager to experiment with different processing methods and new varietals. This is the fifth year we have worked with them and we look forward to a continuing our long relationship with the family.

Unfortunately, El Salvador was devastated by Roya, with some estimates claiming the country lost close to 70 % of the crop in 2013. The trickle down effect is profound, not only for the farmers themselves, but everyone who depends on coffee for employment, the harvesters, truckers, those who work at mills. The Salaverria family lost close to 50% of their harvest.

The Santa Rita Farm is located on the slopes of the Ilamatepec Volcano in northern El Salvador and is shade-grown, like all of their coffees.

While quantity was down, the Salvaerria did an incredible job to maintain the high quality for the coffee they did produce.This washed processed lot is a fairly indicative example of what we look for in El Salvadoran coffee, with honeysuckle, star fruit, and almond.