Double soaked coffee from El Salvador
Las Cruces comes from one of our favourite coffee producers. We have been buying coffee from this guy at least for the past 4 years and he always delivers!
José Antonio Salaverria and his two sons are 5th and 6th generation coffee farmers.
“They have three different main areas of coffee production around the Santa Ana volcano in El Salvador, and have always been producing high quality at a larger scale, but previously the coffee was mainly separated into a few brand names based on the three main areas, such as Santa Rita, San Francisco and El Molino. El Molino is an old mill with surrounding farms and was bought 80 years ago by the family. The farms at El Molino is about 100 years old. They have had the San Francisco complex from about 2002. Santa Rita from 2005.”
Coffees from the different areas are all processed at the central Las Cruces mill which they bought in 1990, and they have managed to build a fantastic team of workers there!
This particular coffee is of the San Fransisco variety, a variety developed at the farm by crossing Pacas and old Bourbon Elite, also grown at the farm.
“Some of the blocks do contain old Bourbon trees, Bourbon Elite, and a mix of Bourbon and Pacas. Occasionally you can find Pacamaras as well as Catuai, Caturra and Catimors. They have recently established blocks and gardens experimenting with new and excotic cultivars.”
Sustainability and social responsibility
- 60 % of production is Rain Forest Certified. They do it to maintain the environment and ensure social responsibility.
- Give significant bonuses to farm managers based on the performance of the coffees and premiums they get.
- Have as much permanent staff as possible that allows them to maintain a lojal work force. 50 – 60 people lives on their farms.
- Better salaries for the pickers. They try to implement an environmental work atmosphere and good work ethics.
- By creating good systems they help workers to be efficient so they can leave earlier. And that way be more comfortable.
- Create work safety education
- Provide housing for casual workers in San Francisco.
- Health care for workers – doctors visiting the farms.
- Paying the local clinics for medical care of their workers.
They also built two medical clinics in Atacco and are supporting them financially and donated land to two other clinics for the government.
Donated a site for the school in San Francisco and are building a soccer field.
The grandfather donated the site to the hospital in Ahuachapan
The tradition and culture of the family is generally to do a lot of charity for the local communities.