The story of Santa Elena, El Salvador
Just as there are contests for fine wines, so there are contests for fine coffees - and the Cup of Excellence is one of the most prestigious. It recognises fine quality coffee from all over the globe and rewards coffee growers with high prices for winning coffees at auction.
Fine coffee connoisseurs ourselves, we were delighted to hear that Santa Elena – selected by our head roaster Phil Gevaux on a buying trip to El Salvador in February – has recently been announced as a winner at the 2013 El Salvador Cup of Excellence. We’re also very excited to announce that you will very can now buy Santa Elena in our online shop.
Here’s the story behind this amazing coffee…
High in the mountains of El Salvador, overlooking Lake Coatepeque, lies a unique coffee-growing region. Today the tropical region is lush, green and tranquil; but it wasn’t always like this.
In 2005 the Santa Ana volcano erupted for the first time in a hundred years, spewing out molten lava and rocks the size of cars, annihilating everything that got in the way – crops, houses, people. The devastation was intense and immediate.
Seven years on and coffee farmer Don Fernando Lima has tamed this hostile environment. He is now able to cultivate coffee in the region’s unique soils at his farm, Finca Santa Elena. Digging just below the soil’s surface, you’ll discover a distinctive layer of grey ash. It’s this unique earth that enables Fernando to produce some very special coffee beans indeed.
“Fernando is a producer focused on growing high quality coffee and the Santa Elena cups really well and has a sweet and full-bodied flavour,” explains Phil about the distinctive coffee. “A lot of political unrest meant many growers stopped producing while almost all the rest were about chasing volume, so it’s quite rare to find an organic grower. We’re really excited to be working with him.”
Santa Elena is a bourbon varietal of coffee that has, quite literally, risen from the ashes of El Salvador. We are proud to bring it all the way to the UK for you to taste and enjoy.
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