El Salvador Monte Sion Cafetière Sachets
From the lush tropical rainforests of Central America
A descendant of the stolen coffee tree smuggled to the Americas by a French naval officer, this gourmet coffee has been voted one of the top ten certified good coffees in the world. This Rainforest Alliance coffee is a superb single origin with thick treacle sweetness, complex fruitiness and a rich, smooth and syrupy finish.
History of El Salvador coffee
In the early 19th Century, good coffee in El Salvador was only cultivated for domestic consumption. As its commercial promise became evident, the Government introduced legislation such as tax breaks for farmers and elimination of export duties for coffee producers, plus exemption from military service for coffee workers. By 1880 gourmet coffee had become virtually the sole export crop.
El Salvador has become one the most efficient coffee producers in the world, with yields per hectare in the large fincas increasing in proportion to the size of the finca, a rare occurrence in plantation agriculture. This is partly through necessity, due to the lack of external finance. The impact of coffee production in El Salvador is huge, not only in regard to land tenure, but also in the development of roads and railways, and the integration of indigenous communities into the national economy.
History of the Monte Sion Estate
The Monte Sion estate was set up by the Arrutia family in 1906 and is today run by Dr. Luis Arrutia and his wife. They are dedicated to producing great coffee and to its social implications. In 2001, Monte Sion invested in becoming Rainforest Alliance certified, henceforth growing all its coffee under shade and within the existing ecosystem. It operates with four concepts in mind: the promotion of sustainable coffee growing; being environmentally friendly; improving the life style conditions of its workers and promotion of education and the social environment. Dr. Arrutia has been officially recognised by UNICEF for the exemplary way he looks after his workers.
The Coffee itself
Coffee grown at Monte Sion is the Bourbon varietal, one of the oldest and purest coffee varieties. Bourbon matures slowly allowing for more flavour, sweetness and body to develop. The result is an amazingly complex coffee once roasted, with notes of caramel, butter, toffee, almonds, hazelnut, ripe fruit, maltiness and chocolate.
Located in the Cordillera de Apaneca mountain range in El Salvador