For six generations, the Aguilar family has produced coffee on the shade-rich land on the north-eastern slope of the San Salvador Volcano. The estates cover nearly 160 hectares at altitudes ranging from 1,250 to 1,700 meters (4,100 to 5,577 feet), the top of the farm being unusually high for El Salvador and lending to great coffee growing potential.
Along with many farms in El Salvador, leaf rust hit hard a few years back, the farm managed to withstand the worst of the outbreak and has rebounded very well since. A lot of that is to do with great farm work, agronomy investment and experience, but as with many producers, diversification of plant stock has become a vital component in ensuring sustainability of production for years to come. In Fernando Aguilar’s case, the key to ensuring cup quality is to match the right varietal with the most suitable farm area, and then match it with the right process – something they have partnered with other producers on before.
All the coffee from Santa Maria & sister estate Las Mercedes has been processed in keeping with ecological-friendly processes at the nearby Tuxpal mill, laid out on raised beds to allow more even airflow and drying.
The Aguliar’s story is the microcosm of the El Salvador coffee industry, through peaks, troughs, civil war, relocation, peace, return, regrowth, rust and pivot to the highest quality to secure the future. We are proud to be on that journey with them.See plans and pricing
Days Until Our Next Roast
April's coffee subscription will be from Colombia.
Bewley’s Coffee Project subscription showcases some of the finest coffees from around the world chosen for their uniqueness, exciting flavours and quality. They are roasted in small batches to suit their individual characteristics and to get the best possible flavour.Subscribe now
What’s in The Box?
Each month as part of your subscription, you'll receive a unique coffee selected for its characteristics and flavour, including tasting notes that will guide you through an exciting journey of speciality coffee.See plans and pricing
How do you select the coffee?
Each month we select our coffee based on seasonality, great stories and uniqueness. We then hand roast it to bring out its individual flavours and nuances. Each coffee you receive as part of your subscription has been carefully chosen to bring you on a journey through the world of coffee.
What are the delivery costs?
There is a one-off standard delivery charge with your initial subscription order. Every month after this is included in this charge. We also ship subscriptions internationally – delivery fees will be displayed at the checkout page.
Will the box fit in my letterbox?
The box is 55mm (2.2 Inches) deep, and should fit through most standard letterboxes.
How much coffee will I receive each month?
Your monthly subscription includes a 227g bag of fresh, hand roasted coffee (enough for approximately 30 cups).
How fresh is the coffee?
Our coffee is seasonal and is roasted approximately 1-2 weeks before it arrives at your door. The roast date will be displayed on each bag of coffee.
Is the coffee ethical/Fairtrade?
All the coffee we source is sustainable and ethical. In each month’s tasting notes you will find out more about the farm that each coffee comes from.
When will I receive my first box?
Our coffee is shipped once, at the end of each month. If your subscription order is placed after the 14th of any month you will have to wait and will receive the following month's coffee as your first box.