El Salvador Finca Los Posos
Ignacio Gutierrez has a long history in farming, before he started planting coffee in 2000, he worked with wood and tomatoes, and started his farms with just 500 coffee trees. He grows coffee on about 5 manzanas of rich soil in El Salvador, and has produced fantastic lots year after year.
In both 2011 and 2013, his coffees took first place in the Coffee of Excellence competition. He produces a strong selection of heirloom varieties, processing some as Natural, and Honey.
Thanks to some specific local hybrids and unique cultivars, El Salvador has been able to capitalise on its reputation for a variety of old stock Typica and Bourbon, the local dwarf-Bourbon mutation Pacas, as well as the Salvadoran-created hybrid Pacamara and this has allowed growers to market individual varieties of coffee, like fine single-varietal wines.
Unfortunately those famous varieties, often grown in monoculture, are especially susceptible to coffee-leaf rust. Bourbon, in particular, is not hardy enough to battle the disease, and as Pacas and Pacamara both spring from Bourbon genetics, the country’s crops have suffered under the latest outbreak of coffee-leaf rust in the 2010s, causing both quality and yield to fall.