El Salvador

El Aguila

Grapefruit / Molasses / Full body

Bean Details

Variety: SL-34

Process: Washed

Producer: Mauricio Ariz

Country: El Salvador

Region: Ilamatepec mountain range, Apaneca

Altitude: 1,700MASL

Roast Profile: Medium



El Aguila is back! We are happy to re-launch el Aguila SL34 after receiving our new crop!

This is an SL34 variety originally from Kenya grown in El Salvador. SL34 was selected from a single tree on the Loresho Estate in Kabete, Kenya

This coffee evokes a great array of flavors, flowery aroma and a very deep body. It feels clean, lightly tangy but extremely pleasant and exotic.

We are roasting this SL34 slightly after the first crack, we have found it carries a great balance and complexity. This coffee has a zesty acidity that balances out with a deep wet thick body that feels strong but elegant.

For drip coffees its dense body makes it great for experimentation with brewing ratios, we recommend starting with a 16gr of coffee to 1 ml water ratio (16:1) to start.

In the 1930’s the Kenyan government hired Scott Laboratories (SL) to develop stronger, drought-resistant varieties. This variety develops to its best at medium-to-high altitudes making it very interesting for the Salvadoran geography. SL34’s flavor is characterized by its complex zesty acidity, heavy mouthfeel and clean, sweet finish.

This SL34 is fully washed. After harvest, the coffee beans were washed to remove the cherry and fruit mucilage covering the bean, and then spread on the patios and turned regularly to allow slow, even drying of the beans for 7 to 10 days. Learn more about the different processing methods here!

Mauricio Ariz and his sons are fourth and fifth generation coffee growers. El Aguila farm extends over 63 hectares just north of the Santa Ana volcano, in the mountain range of Ilamatepec. 43 of these hectares are used for coffee production, the remaining 20 hectares are dedicated to nature conservation or have been planted with cypress trees. The Ariz family are committed to keeping the primary forest within the farm untouched. The family also supports the Ojo de Agua community with workers and materials to maintain two access roads, as well as providing a water supply to the community from the farm’s water reservoirs.