Region: El Salvador, Santa Ana
Producers: Eduardo Alvarez
Variety: Red Bourbon & Pacas
The Alvarez family have been growing coffee in El Salvador for over 100 years spanning four generations. Their award-winning farms are located on the lush green hills of Santa Ana, in the west of the country, whose rich volcanic soils and mild climate provide ideal conditions for growing coffee.
The beans which together make up this El Borbollon blend come from three small neighbouring farms - La Reforma and Santa Maria and Los Lomas. They are hand-picked and collected in traditional hand weaved baskets from December until March by pickers who have been specially trained to select only the best and fully mature coffee cherries.
The Alvarez family offer considerable support to local communities, with schools for children aged from 5 to 15 years and health clinics provided free on their farms. The family are also committed to developing sustainable practices in order to protect and preserve the natural environment. All of their coffee is grown under a canopy of shade trees, which enrich and conserve the soil and provide an important habitat for birds and other wildlife.