Community Coffee - Miramar - Bourbon - Honey (GrainPro)

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Community Coffee - Miramar - Bourbon - Honey (GrainPro)

Finca Miramar I is owned by Calixto Catota Lapa, and Finca Miramar II is owned by Jaime Ernesto Catota Moreno. Miramar I has 3 manzanas of coffee, and there are 5.5 manzanas planted with coffee on Miamar II, all of the Bourbon variety. Both farms have shade trees planted around the coffee to protect it. This is a honey-process lot.

Coffee was first cultivated in El Salvador in the 19th century, and it its beginnings it was only for domestic consumption. In the middle on the century, the government encouraged the people giving tax breaks, exemption from military service for coffee workers and elimination of export duties for new producers. By 1880, coffee was an exportable product and was becoming more important to the economy.

Coffee production flourished throughout the 20th century, reaching its peak in the late 1970s. By 1980, coffee was responsible for the 50% of the gross domestic product. The civil war of 1980 affected the production of coffee and the production was decreased.

Ending the civil war, Salvadorian producers started investing on technology in the farms, and also new coffee varieties were planted and the Institution of Coffee was created. All of these important factors, helped to develop the coffee industry. In the following years, coffee production becamean important economic factor in El Salvador.

The coffee of El Salvador is known for its old-growth heirloom Bourbon variety, which was first cultivated in the early 1800s. El Salvador, compared to its counterparts in the region, has preserved a substantial amount of Bourbon varieties due to the civil war: During the war years, while other countries were introducing Catimors and Catimor hybrids, El Salvador's attention was elsewhere, and the heirloom varieties remained. Farms now have old-stock Bourbon trees (as old as 50–80 years old in extreme cases).

—Piero Cristiani

ID# 9710

Origin El Salvador
Region Palo Campana, Santa Ana
Farm Fincas Miramar
Variety Bourbon
Altitude 1400–1500 masl
Proc. Method Honey

The Cup

"Sweet, balanced, cocoa and nutty."