Farm info

“Belvedere” is Italian for “nice view,” in reference to the two sections of Loma La Gloria where this lot was grown, overlooking the Quetzaltepec Valley and El Picacho peak on the other side of Volcan San Salvador.

Today, Anny Ruth runs Loma La Gloria mill to control the process, quality, and traceability of all the beans that pass through. Her father, Roberto, purchased the farm in the late 1990’s and named it after his Grandfather’s estate: Loma La Gloria. A civil engineer by trade and visionary businessman by nature, Roberto completed construction of the mill on the farm in 2001. Unfortunately, the mill was left abandoned upon completion, with Loma La Gloria’s coffee cherries being sold to local mills.

In 2012 Anny Ruth took over the mill’s operations and today the farm’s coffee has earned an international reputation for quality in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Loma La Gloria is known for its carefully processed Honey and Natural coffees sorted by varietal. Loma La Gloria is located in the El Boquerón crater of the San Salvador Volcano. The farm’s elevation ranges from 1200 to 1750 meters above sea level.

Shade trees cover much of Loma La Gloria and are home to many species of birds, including Blue jays, Chiltotas, Torditos, Guacalchias, and Hummingbirds. The shade canopy helps control temperatures on the farm, maintaining the optimal climate to produce a desirable cup profile.

Belvedere blends Red Bourbon coffee cherries processed two ways, as Red Honey and Yellow Honey, to showcase the mature flavors of Loma La Gloria’s late bloom harvest. All Honey processing is conducted on raised beds where coffee is carefully monitored and turned as it dries.

Read more about Loma La Gloria and El Salvador’s Coffeelands.

Region

El Bálsamo Quetzaltepec

Cordillera El Bálsamo Quetzaltepec is one of the six coffee growing regions recognized by the Coffee Council of El Salvador (Consejo Salvadoreño de Café). Coffees grown here are known for big body and medium acidity. Cordillera El Balsamo includes the departments of La Libertad, San Salvador, and some municipalities of Sonsonate. 25% of El Salvador’s total coffee production is planted in the Cordillera El Balsamo region.

The Cordillera El Bálsamo mountain range runs through the cities of San Julián, Santa Isabel Ishuatán, Colón, Comasagua, Jayaque, Tepecoyo, Talnique, and among others). Quezaltepec is another name for the San Salvador Volcano, whose crater is known as El Boquerón and sits at 1819 masl. Quetzaltepec’s highest point is El Picacho, at 1960 meters above sea level. Many coffee farms are planted in El Boquerón’s surrounding area and a nearby national park helps preserve the region’s natural resources.