Ecotact Savors the Flavor of El Salvador

July 14, 2023 by Shreya Sharma

Being from the coffee packaging industry introduces you to unexplored coffee from across the world. And the list of the most authentic coffee includes beans from El Salvador. The history, flavors, and gaining popularity around El Salvador are definitely worth a read. El Salvador’s coffee production started in the 1870s to become the country’s topmost exported commodity. It was responsible for approximately 50% of El Salvador’s income until the 1980s. The farmers owned a fair share of the land in El Salvador with a strong influence on the government. El Salvador is a small country within Central America that is rich in volcanic soils, producing great coffees with unique attributes: sweet, floral and wonderful soft acidity. The volcanic range covers the country from east to west, therefore the coffee-growing areas are widespread throughout the whole country.

Understanding El-Salvador’s coffee flavors
Coffee from El Salvador has a full-body taste with mild acidity to offer a honey-like sweetness. It blends well with other varieties to give a softer and smoother flavor. Although certain regions of the country provide different varieties of coffee, with distinct qualities.

It is a  natural variety of beans that are grown in the lofty mountains of El Salvador. These are one of the most premium, high-end beans that are produced in El Salvador. With a mild and gentle flavor, consumers tend to enjoy Bourbon coffee a lot. El Salvador is also famous for developing Bourbon hybrids that adapt well to their fertile soil and yield a delicious cup.

This is a hybrid coffee bean in El Salvador that growers require for a larger bean reap, as it is very much sought after by coffee importers and traders throughout the world. It is a hybrid between Pacas and Maragogype, thus Pacamara. It mixes the native Pacas bean with the Arabian Maragojipe to produce a high-quality, gentle, and pleasing flavor similar to the Bourbon strain but a more complex flavor. Its floral, fruity aroma offers a soft and pleasant acidity to these coffee beans with a dense, juicy body.

Developed by the Pacas family in 1949, this bourbon hybrid is found all across the country. These coffee beans have a strong aroma of chocolate, caramel, dried fruits, and exotic floral notes. The Pacas coffee beans are more rounded with a silky texture. And like the classic El-Salvador coffee beans, they produce a mildly soft and pleasant acidity.

But where are the El-Salvador coffee beans majorly grown?

Apaneca Ilamatepec: located on the westernmost side of the country around the Santa Ana Volcano, this region covers Santa Ana, Ahuachapan and Sonsonate. With an altitude ranging from 500 to 2,365 meters, this is one of the most flourishing coffee-growing regions. 

El Bálsamo Mountain Range: located in the central part of the country about 35 km inland from the beaches of La Libertad. They fall in an altitude range of 500-1900 meters. This region includes the San Salvador Volcano and its nutrient-rich volcanic soils. The El Bálsamo Mountain Range gets its name from the aromatic, Salvadoran Balsam.

Tecapa Chinameca: located on the eastern side of the country near Volcano San Miguel and the mountain range in Usulutan. Coming from a region of highly varied altitudes from 500 to 2000 meters, this region has set base to the San Miguel or the Chaparrastique Volcano with the highest altitude of 2,130 meters. This region has now become the 3rd largest coffee producer in El Salvador.

In the present-day scenario, El Salvador's coffee production accounts for 0.5% of the world´s total coffee output. Its coffee production also accounts for 4.5% of Central America´s total output. Brands like Ecotact bags are focused on enhancing the overall quality of these premium coffee beans by providing multi-layered hermetic packaging and storage options. These fully recyclable and eco-friendly bags are exclusively designed to ensure you enjoy a cup of El-Savadorian coffee, sitting in any part of the world.

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