El Salvador - Mauricio Salaverria, Finca Himalaya Microlot

The Farm of Mauricio Salaverria, Finca Himalaya, Santa Ana, El Salvador


Tasting Notes
Grape Soda, Ripe Melon, Jasmine

1 lb / 16 oz / 454 g

Coffee Specs
Location: Santa Ana, El Salvador
Altitude: 1,500 masl
Varietal: Bourbon
Process: Natural
Harvest: December - March

Sparkling acidity characterizes this natural process, medium roast microlot from the farm of Mauricio Salaverria, Finca Himalaya in Santa Ana, El Salvador.  La Prima is pleased to offer this sweet treat for a limited time in an exclusive partnership with Market District and Giant Eagle.

At any given time, La Prima Espresso Company offers more than twenty different coffees. Our coffees are carefully curated so taste profiles are not repeated and to, hopefully, satisfy the tastes of a all coffee drinkers. This microlot coffee from Mauricio Salaverria's farm in El Salvador is true to our curation goals and a highly unique coffee. We hope you love it as much as we do.


Finca Himalaya is a 60-hectare farm owned by Mauricio A. Salaverria, who also owns a farm called Finca Divisadero. This farm is located in a different mountain range than it's named for: the Apaneca Mountains in El Salvador's Ataco region. The Honey processed coffee on Mauricio's farm is picked ripe and dry fermented for 20 hours. It's dried on raised beds for 23 to 25 days. His farms are planted with Bourbon, Pacamara, and Maragogype varieties, as well as cypress, pine andinga shade trees.

The volcanic soil and use of shade create a very hospitable environment for the coffee, and Mauricio has developed his own systems for processing.


Known as “the land of volcanoes,” El Salvador is the smallest Central American country (roughly the same size as New Jersey), but its reputation among specialty-coffee-growing regions has grown larger-than-life, especially since the early 2000s. While coffee was planted and cultivated here mostly for domestic consumption starting in the mid-1700s, it became a stable and significant crop over the next 100 years, notably increasing in national importance during the late 1800s, when the country’s indigo exports were threatened by the development and widespread marketability of synthetic dyes.

As coffee grew in economic importance, different government programs designed to increase production through land, tax, and military-exemption incentives created a small but strong network of wealthy landowners who gained control over the coffee market, in addition to the individual smallholders who were growing coffee as part of their subsistence farming and would sell their cherry to the larger estates or mills.

By the late 1970s, coffee exports accounted for 50 percent of the GDP, but socioeconomic and political unrest hurled the country into civil war for more than a decade, and in the 1980s various land-redistribution projects and agrarian reform disjointed the coffee industry and caused the market to decline. Lacking the resources to continue farming, producers abandoned their coffee farms, and many were left overgrown and unharvested for years until a peace agreement was reached in the 1990s.

It is often said that the Cup of Excellence competition, which came to El Salvador in 2003, was the beginning of the new “wave” of interest in Salvadoran coffee, shining the first light on some of the special varieties the small country grows.


Coffee sold whole bean. Ground is available, please see options above. 


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