[Homeroast] San Salvador coffee shops

miKe mcKoffee mckona at comcast.net
Tue Jan 24 21:20:37 CST 2012


The Barista from El Salvador didn't just place, Alejandro Mendez Won the
2011 World Barista Championship. Though don't recall which El Sal coffee
company he represented. 

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My trip to El Salvador brought a few nice coffee surprises. ES is definitely
a coffee-centric culture historically. It is a tiny country and produces a
tiny amount of coffee compared to other powerhouse producers, but as we
know, some spectacular coffee comes from there (e.g., any of Aida Batlle's
fincas). I found a great local chain of shops, Viva Espresso, whose baristas
placed in the World Barista Championship. They had some great ES selections
and had a line up of brewing methods that outstripped most shops I have seen
here in the US, including some great shops in Frisco. They had about
everything except siphons, even AeroPresses. I picked up a pound of Finca
San Jose '11 which won a "coffee of the year"
with SCAA  Guild in '11. Outstanding place. Went through a small earthquake,
lived two miles from a volcano crater, ate lots of pupusas, tried to avoid
the dangerous places in San Salv. Salvadorans were very friendly and kind. I
hope go back someday.


Ivan
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