This Rainforest Alliance coffee Cerro Las Ranas takes its name from a lagoon that is populated by thousands of frogs (Hill of the Frogs) at an altitude of 1500 meters in the mountains of Western El Salvador.
Composed entirely of beans from the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica and prepared by the honey method (pulped natural), meaning the skin was removed from the coffee fruit immediately after picking but the beans or seeds were dried with at least some of the fruit pulp or “honey” still adhering to them.
This coffee is generally regarded as being one of the best Central American pulped natural coffees going round.
About El Salvador
El Salvador is more than a country where coffee happens to be grown – in many ways, it is a country created on coffee, as the crop is heavily woven into El Salvador’s history, culture, economy and ecology.
The country’s climate is well suited for creating delicious coffees, with its six month long wet and dry seasons, various mountain ranges and volcanoes and extensive shade canopy’s. Coffee has had an undeservingly poor reputation for years, marred mostly by the inability to deliver coffee of a higher enough quality in an unstable political climate. Unfortunately, agriculture is the first to suffer during a revolution, since it requires years to rebuild a farm if it is neglected. In El Salvador the coffee trade, like the government in general, was controlled by a ruling elite; a handful of wealthy families that operated many farms. El Salvador had tended towards the right politically, and the smaller coffee farmer and coffee workers fared poorly in this climate.
Coffee is grown in five geographical areas of the country, which differ from one another mainly in terms of altitude and flavour characteristics.