San Cristobal estate is set across 85.40 Ha in Potrero Grande Village Santa Ana with an average rainfall of 1,800 to 2,200 mm/year. The farm has been with the family for over a hundred years, managing to be identified as one of the best farms in the mountain range “Apaneca-Ilamatepec”.
San Cristobal is also RFA certified.
El Salvador has great coffees across the full spectrum of good commercial coffees for blending to quirky, rare, unusual and micro-mill lots. The industry has a long and interesting history, but has successfully transitioned into the modern era and created a reputation as an excellent source of specialty coffees.
El Salvador’s Coffee has fueled its economy and shaped its history for more than a century. The rapid growth of the industry has had a huge effect on society both in terms of land tenure, a catalyst for the development of road and rail infrastructure and on the integration of its cultural heritage.
In the nineteenth century, coffee was cultivated for domestic use only, however by 1880 coffee had become virtually the sole export crop and the industry developed largely without the benefit of external technical and financial help, nonetheless El Salvador became one of the most efficient coffee producers in the world.
Following the civil war of the 1980’s, the political changes in government policies, guerrilla attaches and natural disasters, threw El Salvador’s coffee industry into turmoil, declining coffee production, and impending threat to the economy. However the result has changed the coffee landscape for decades to come.
There has been a shift away from the large family owned plantations and created availability of small lots from exceptional small-scale farms, mills and coops. El Salvador always had the right ingredients —-soil, altitude, climate —-to produce coffee on par with Guatemala & Costa Rica, BUT most of all, El Salvador still has the heirloom cultivars; Bourbon, the classic old-world coffee; Pacamara, the full-character, odd-ball varietal … resulting in some world class coffees.
If you’re a fan of seeing and smelling freshly roasted coffee beans, just take a drive to our café in Albany.
Purchase it at its prime - whole beans, fine espresso or plunger ground and bring it home or to the office with smell and taste all intact.
With a team of quality chefs and expert baristas, you’ll get only the very best in dining and of course, the freshest of Altura’s fabulous coffee.