Farm info

Ally’s Core Coffee from El Salvador is named after the national Maquilishuat tree, which is identifiable by its clusters of bright pink blossoms. Maquilishuat is produced on Finca San Pedro, a farm run by a group of producing families called Coop Altos del Volcan. San Pedro is near the Volcan de San Salvador, in the Cordillera El Balsamo Quetzaltepec coffee region of the country.

This coffee is a blend of the Bourbon and Pacas varietals and as such calls to mind the history of the two Arabica varieties’ cultivation in El Salvador. Pacas is a naturally occuring Bourbon mutation discovered in 1949 near the Volcan de Santa Ana on the Pacas family farm in the Northwest of El Salvador. After studying its performance in the field, Pacas was distributed nationally as an ideal varietal for both its cup profile and small, manageable tree size.

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 masl. Many coffee farms are planted in El Boquerón’s surrounding area and a nearby national park helps preserve the region’s natural resources.