El Salvador has come a long way as one the most efficient coffee producers in the world. By 1880 gourmet coffee had become the main export crop passing indigo. Since coffee was in such high demand, the Government introduced legislation such as tax breaks for farmers and elimination of export duties for coffee producers. This led to the development of roads and railways leading to the farms, and the integration of indigenous communities into the national economy.
This coffee type boasts a classic cup. It is specialty coffee (SHG), and it’s also Rainforest Alliance certified. To be RFA certified means having standards that are intended to protect the environment and the rights of workers. This certification allows the farmers to have a sustainable farm-management system, control costs, gain efficiencies, improve crop quality, and maintain the wildlife habitat. In sum, the certification ensures consumers that the Rainforest Alliance certified coffee that they drink supports sustainable supply and demonstrates the importance of responsible coffee sourcing.
SHG (Strictly High Grown) specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude around 1350 meters. Coffee grown at a higher altitude and lower temperature produces a slower maturing fruit and a denser bean; which creates a more desirable specialty cup.
EP (European Preparation) specifies that the raw beans are all hand sorted to remove any defective beans and foreign material.