Farm: Bosque Lya
Altitude: 1470 – 1650
Location: Santa Ana
Harvest: January to March
Certification: Rainforest Alliance
Process: Fully Washed
A medium roasted, beautifully balanced coffee. Notes of caramel, stewed plums and delicious chocolate on the finish. Great depth of flavour with delicious sweetness.
Coffee has been produced commercially in El Salvador since the 1850s and by 1880 the country was the fourth largest producer of coffee in the World. These days El Salvador produces far less coffee, but the country does have an unusually high proportion of heirloom Bourbon trees, these flourish in the well-drained and mineral-rich volcanic soils that have the potential to produce incredibly sweet coffees. Around 90% of of the country’s coffee is shade grown, which maintains the rich biodiversity that thrives in rural El Salvador.
We were particularly drawn to the Apaneca Mountain range in the west of the country, as the coffees here have such good character. Finca Bosque Lya is the farm that we source our coffee from in this region. Finca Bosque Lya is a 96 hectare farm – 64 of which are under coffee, the remainder being left as natural rainforest. The farm was established in 1932 when Gustavo Vides Valdes named his property in honour of his newly born daughter, Lya. The farm name Bosque Lya translates to – Lya’s forest.
Bourbon is the most prevalent variety – mainly red, but there is a little orange and yellow too – though there are many other varieties grown for experimentation and diversity and these include pacamara, caturra and typica. An altitude growing range of 1,473 to 1,650 metres above sea level brings about coffees of great complexity that are sweet and lively.