Two oceans

El Salvador

Coffee with a denomination of origin

El Salvador country with more than 10 decades dedicated to green coffee

What you should know about El Salvador as a coffee origin

  1. It is one of the eight coffee origins that make up the Two Oceans coffee geography
  2. It has 6 coffee growing regions, each with its own differentiated cup profile.
  3. 100% of its production is of the Arabica species (coffea arabica)
  4. 12% of the cultivated land, 140,000 hectares, is planted with coffee trees.
  5. The most cultivated arabica varietals are Bourbon, Pacas, Pacamara, Caturra and Catuaí.
  6. Its production is smallholder with thousands of families dedicated and dependent on its cultivation
Vistas a montaña de la región cafetalera de Apaneca-Ilamatepec al atardecer
Recogida de sacos de café con carretilla
  1. It has six protected designations of origin – PDO: Alotepec Metapán, Apaneca- Ilamatepec, El Bálsamo Quezaltepec, Chichontepec, Tecapa Chinameca, Cacahuatique
  2. At Mare Terra Coffee we import and distribute all the qualities of coffee produced in El Salvador except the lowest quality, the commercial grade.
  3. It is the twenty-sixth largest coffee producer in the world.
  4. The cultivation of coffee began in its territory at the beginning of the 18th century
  5. Harvests coffee from December to March and exports coffee from May to August.
  6. The traditional and most entrenched method of processing coffee is called Lavado
  7. Most coffee plantations in El Salvador are cultivated between 500 and 2,000 meters above sea level.
  8. The standard size of green coffee bags in the country is 69 kilos, at Mare Terra Coffee we pack it, depending on the quality, in 60 kg, 30 kg and 5 kg
  9. The five main importing countries of coffee from El Salvador are: United States, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and Sweden.


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Coffee Regions


Thousand Coffee Growers


Thousand Hectares with Coffee Trees

Characteristics such as location or microclimate of the Salvadoran cultivation zones, develop particular coffees with a lot of personality.

Coffee cultivation in El Salvador

The Republic of El Salvador is located on the Pacific Ocean coast . The particularity of this origin are its coffee forests and its lands surrounded by the Apaneca-Ilamapatec mountain ranges and the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, these conditions influenced the obtaining of its Denominations of Origin.

From the ecological and biodiversity point of view, coffee is of vital importance in El Salvador since it is the main contributor to the maintenance of the soil cover and has substituted the original forest for an adequate arboreal system, unlike other crops, consisting of coffee plantations, shade trees, windbreaks, grasses, among others, which is why it is considered in the Holdridge classification as a “Subtropical Rainforest”.

The soils of El Salvador are 90% volcanic, the characteristics of these soils is that they tend to accumulate a large amount of organic matter, this factor is of great help for the development and cultivation of coffee.

El Salvador is located in the tropical climate zone, has similar temperatures throughout the year, with average temperatures of 25º C and average annual rainfall of 1823 mm.

Mercado en calles de la región cafetera de Apaneca-Ilamatepec transitadas por los habitantes locales

The coffee economy has been relevant since the beginning of the 17th century, with challenges throughout the decades and achieving consolidation in recent years.

El Salvador and the challenges in the coffee economy are based on the struggle for a firm and lasting traceability for the future of an origin that faithfully believes in coffee.

  • Coffee accounts for 5% of total Salvadoran exports
  • El Salvador’s agricultural GDP is 4.7%.
  • The average farm size per producer is 1.5 hectares.
  • The equity rate in coffee production in El Salvador is 6.5 to 3.5 (65% men and 35% women).
  • The average age of coffee growers is 57 years old.

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Salvadoran Coffee Growers

The best way to learn about Salvadoran coffee is to listen to those who devote their lives to producing it: its coffee growers.

Andres Salaverria

Dos Océanos : El Salvador : Apaneca Ilamatepec : Concepción de Ataco

”Since I was a child I have had a passion for coffee. I like the challenges that coffee growing presents, it is worthwhile to work and always try to innovate, I also like to work with the social and ecological components around coffee growing. For me the most critical points in the production process of our coffees are the planting, flowering, the winters, the ripening and the harvesting season”.

Mena Brothers

Dos Océanos : El Salvador : Apaneca Ilamatepec : Concepción de Ataco

We are dedicated to coffee growing, because it is a crop that we are passionate about due to the tradition in our family, who has been dedicated to coffee since the late 1890s.
We, the sixth generation, have been dedicated to coffee for thirty years. For us, one of the most critical moments in the production process of our coffees is the harvest and its due processing”.

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El Salvador, coffee with denomination of origin

The coffee growers of El Salvador want to conserve the traditional production of the crop, being faithful to the roots of their relatives who with so much effort positioned Salvadoran coffee among the most notable.

An ancestral culture with indigenous and Mayan origins that are still present today with a future that is growing by leaps and bounds.

El Salvador offers great natural diversity with more than 300 kilometers of Pacific coastline, volcanoes and a system of nature reserves. A wide variety of landscapes in a few kilometers where you can walk among coffee trees located at an altitude of more than 500 meters above sea level.

In a cup of coffee from El Salvador you can see reflected its landscapes, its cultural blends, its biodiversity in the form of acidity, sweetness and a differentiated body.

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