Shangrila is located where coffee made its original landfall in El Salvador. The Ilamatepec region, protected by Unesco since 2007 for its relevance as a biosphere reserve, is where coffee was originally farmed in El Salvador making the country the 4th largest producer in the world in the 1970s. The volumes are smaller now, but producers like Juan Carlos are providing garden-like-care to their farms to move to even higher flavor realms. Shangrila is planted mostly with bourbons and in recent years, Juan Carlos has diversified by planting ancient Ethiopian varietals.
This honey processed coffee was mechanically de-pulped after harvest and part of the fruit mucilage was left on the beans. The beans are dried on raised drying beds for 2-3 weeks.