Coaltown Coffee - El Salvador - La Ilusion
Farm: La Ilusion
Location: Apaneca Ilamatepec, Santa Ana Region
Variety: Bourbon, Pacamara
Owner: Jose Antonio Salaverria
Recommended Brew Method: French Press, Aeropress, Pourover, Chemex
The farm is in an area well known for sweet, delicate and classic El Salvadorian coffees. The soil, weather conditions, varietals and altitude all contribute to the uniqueness of the product.
This coffee is part of a project with an El Salvadorian producer, Jose Antonio Salaverria and his two sons, Andres Salaverria and Jose Antonio Jr. The producer is known to be innovative in his ways of processing and farming. He is also a Co-founder in of Huisil, a locally made organic fertiliser, which he now uses together with traditional fertilisers with great results!
The coffees are all processed at their central mill Las Cruces, that’s owned by the same family. Their coffee growing areas consist of a great number of farms he has inherited or bought over the last few years, but up until now, they have not separated the coffees according to the different farms. They have separated out several small farms and blocks where we will do extensive work on quality, and La Ilusion is one of them. This is part of a long-term project where together with the producer, coffee hunters are aiming to optimise quality by changing the process to prepare a different and value added product. It’s done by changing the processing and drying methods as well as increase the lot traceability and separation. They have a number of different varietals on their farms, the majority still being a mixture of the old traditional Bourbon Elite, and something they call Hibrido San Fransisco which is a mix of Bourbon Elite and the Pacas variety.