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The Mayan civilization covered an area of approximately 400,000 km2, extending from the Yucatan peninsula down to the western portions of El Salvador. The Mayan people and their descendants inhabited these lands for close to 5,000 years. The culture defined itself for having a profound respect for nature, rich traditions and a strong belief system In the Mayan language, El Salvador was called "Cuzcatlán", meaning "land of precious things".

Fortunately, when coffee arrived to El Salvador around the year 1750, a strong Mayan influence still remained, which allowed this new culture, and its love for the land, to embrace the cultivation of coffee in the region. The ideal land, the ideal people and the right variety of coffee plants, combined to produce the fine coffee we enjoy today.


Initially, when some Europeans and their descendants became important coffee producers in El Salvador, Salvadoran coffee became one of the most sought after coffees by many prestigious roasting houses. These coffee houses catered to the most discerning families of Europe at the time.


Over the past fifteen years, there has been a special interest in restoring Salvadoran coffee to its original status, as one of the most prized coffees in the world; historically, a coffee whose qualities have been highly appreciated.

Facts

Coffee production in El Salvador is in the hands of around 24,000 coffee producers, on an extension of 160,000 Hectares, located at an altitude between 800 and 1,500 meters over sea level.

From an average production of 1.4M 60Kg/bags, 250,000 bags are consumed locally.

The coffee industry employs over 300,000 permanent workers, and provides over 500,000 indirect jobs.