Ahuchapán

El Salvador

Clayey and fertile soils, an ideal microclimate and proud, hard working and friendly locals go to make up the perfect environment of El Salvador where coffee has sunk deep and sturdy roots, so much so as to become a primary national asset.

Lying just south of Guatemala with its shores washed by the Pacific Ocean, the country is geographically characterised by high mountain ranges. The extraordinary uncontaminated ecosystem of the breathtaking Cordillera Apaneca Ilamatepec runs down and over the full length of the central volcanic ridge. The first human settlement of the area has been traced to pre-Columbian times. Ancestral traditions and folkways live on unabated among the local population to this day. 

The highlands are also the home of a variety of Arabica coffee acclaimed for its excellence worldwide. The landscape all around is characterised by coffee shrubs growing beneath other tropical trees whose large trunks and overshadowing branches protect the plants from incoming gales and strong winds. The special aroma and pleasurable sweetness of the beverage obtainable from the beans is unmistakable.

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Andres Salaverria

El Salvador

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Name:
Andres Salaverria
Territory:
Ahuchapán
illy since:
2011

Sipping a warm cup of coffee, Andres Salaverria relaxes in his farmhouse in Las Cruces. It’s a clear day and in the distance he can see the gently rising slopes of the majestic Cordillera Apaneca Ilamatepec covered with Croton trees, the precious botanical friend of the coffee shrubs that protects them from the high winds. Andres’ family has been growing coffee in the province of Ahuchapán for five generations.

Coffee and Andres have partnered since his childhood. Indeed, it can be said that they were play mates, when as a child he used to run about in the plantation, jumping through the drupes and smearing himself all over with plant gum and honey. Now that the adult has taken over from the carefree child, Andres’ passionate commitment to coffee has grown and strengthened.

His absorbing passion was crowned in 2011 when Andres was given the opportunity of attending the first Ernesto Illy Foundation’s Master in Coffee Science and Economy course. It’s an unforgettable experience he still recalls with great pride and affection. That’s when he was given the chance to meet growers from all over the world and to mutually share experiences and know-how.

That’s what Andres most loves about his work: the opportunity for great networking, that’s good for business and not only...  The coffee trade is in fact not only about selling; relating to others, significantly and enduringly, comes first. A deal-closing handshake is not good enough. It’s no hit-and-run business; in essence it’s about striving together to overcome adversities and obstacles so as to attain ever better results.