El Salvador Bosque Lya achieved world fame in coffee circles when it took first place in the 2004 Cup of Excellence. The farm is situated in the municipality of Santa Ana on the foothills of the Ilamatepec Volcano (or Santa Ana Volcano as it now more commonly known) in the Apaneca Mountain range of western El Salvador. The farm was established in 1932 when Gustavo Vides Valdes named his property in honour of his newly born daughter, Lya. The farm name Bosque Lya translates to – Lya’s forest.
Bourbon is the most prevalent variety at El Salvador Bosque Lya, and is grown at an altitude range of 1,473 to 1,650 metres above sea level. This brings about coffees of great complexity, that are sweet and lively with nuances of berries, dark fruit and honey.
El Salvador Bosque Lya performs careful selection of ripe cherries which are harvested between January and March and transported directly to the El Borbillon Mill close to Santa Ana, where they are pulped and washed before being sun dried on patios. The beans are then stored in ‘pergamino’ (still in parchment) until the time of shipment, a process that helps the development of flavour. They are then dry-milled and packed into GrainPro sacks ready for shipment.