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The coffee harvest season starts in October near the volcanoes of El Salvador

One producer of the coffee includes a farm located in the San Salvador volcano region, on the slopes of the Picacho hill. El Ciprés, called Los Cipreses by locals, sits between the municipality of Nejepa, Quezaltepeque, and San Salvador.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador ꟷ Salvadoran coffee took first place in 2021 in The Cup of Excellence, promoted by the Alliance for the Cup of Excellence or ACE. The coffee from this region remains recognized for its incredible quality.

One producer of the coffee includes a farm located in the San Salvador volcano region, on the slopes of the Picacho hill. El Ciprés, called Los Cipreses by locals, sits between the municipality of Nejepa, Quezaltepeque, and San Salvador. At a height of 1,931 meters above sea level and few kilometers from the capitol, it remains a treasured producer of coffee.

Coffee cutters earn three dollars per full bag, so entire families work to take advantage of the harvest season. The coffee cutters work hard while shelling each branch of the coffee while they laugh, talk, joke, and eat. Soon their baskets gradually fill with the bright red grains bathed in honey from the trees.

Peasants work amongst the red-gold grain on the Los Cipreses farm. The grain harvest date begins in October and ends in mid-March, and it is estimated that during those months some 800,000 quintals can be harvested in the area. Coffee cultivation is one of the main sources of employment in rural areas. El Salvador exports an average of 1.5 million quintals to the main coffee-consuming countries.

In the nearby city, many women depend on selling coffee for their livelihoods.

All photos courtesy of Beatriz Rivas.

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Beatriz Rivas studied photography at the Technological University of El Salvador and completed her studies in Marketing. She lives in El Salvador, where she develops her work as a photojournalist and videographer. Her work currently focuses on the world of communication and the creation of multimedia content, where she mainly offers her photography and video services to prestigious companies in El Salvador.