El Salvador – El Mural – ‘El’ of a Coffee!
El Mural (“The Mural” – just in case you hadn’t guessed) is an exceptional coffee from El Salvador. Our wonderful El Mural coffee scores an excellent 84 points in cupping tests by the Specialty Coffees Association of America (SCAA). This is Central American premium coffee at its best.
El Mural is a smooth coffee with a creamy body. Look out for sweet caramel and red fruit flavours. It displays a lovely mouthfeel and medium acidity, just what you need for a really enjoyable cup. Of course “acidity” in coffee does not refer in any way to its pH level. Rather, it means that dry, bright sensation that a really high-quality coffee should always offer.
We recommend brewing this high quality El Salvadorean coffee as a filter or pour over. For best results, use 18g of coffee per 250ml of water. Overall, this “El” of a coffee gives a sweet, bright, delicious cup.
El Salvador is Coffee
El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. However it has been a giant in the world of coffee growing for the last 200 years. It was originally one of the most efficient coffee producers in the world. Back in 1880 coffee was virtually the country’s sole export crop. This situation has now changed somewhat. However the effect of coffee production on Salvadoran society has been immeasurable. Three examples: firstly, land tenure, as the big coffee estates developed. Secondly, the coffee industry was the catalyst for the development of the country’s infrastructure (roads and railroads). Finally, coffee growing has been a mechanism for the integration of indigenous communities into the national economy.
More about The Mural
The name El Mural comes from the town of La Palma. It is a place famous for its brightly-coloured wall murals that form part of the decoration of this beautiful small town. La Palma is in in north-west El Salvador. The coffee comes from the two surrounding areas: Citalá and La Palma. They form part of the Montecristo Triﬁnio biosphere reserve, a tri-border national park that El Salvador and its neighbours, Guatemala and Honduras, created in 1987.
The coffee estates that produce El Mural sit at altitudes between 1200 and 1550 masl. This makes El Mural a Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) coffee. This means the coffee beans grow slowly due to the high altitude. As a result there is time for the coffee trees to deliver nutrients to the beans and thus develop their wonderful flavours.
The El Mural coffee varieties are Catimor, Anacafe 14 (a Central American hybrid of Catimor and the giant Pacamara beans) and Bourbon. Compare with another of our Premium Central American coffees, Pacamara.
Coffee is no longer the only important industry in El Salvador. However, the country still produces some of the best gourmet single-origin Arabica coffees in the world. El Salvador – El Mural. Try a cup of this classic Central American loveliness today.