Municipality: Concepción de Ataco
Canton: El Molino
Farms: El Molino, El Carrizal, San Jose
Altitude: 1350-1500 masl
Varieties: Bourbon, Pacas, Catuai, HSF
The JASAL group of farms are situated amongst the Apaneca Ilamatepec mountain range, part of the Cordelliera de Apeneca. This volcanic range runs through the Ahuachapán, Santa Ana, and Sonsonate departments in the West of El Salvador, and is where many of the Cup of Excellence producing farms are located. There are four volcanoes that occur within this range of mountains, with Ilamatepec (also known as Santa Ana) being the more dominant. It last erupted in 2005, causing disruptions to a high-density coffee growing area that were felt for the following two years.El Molino is the largest farm from the three that coffee is drawn from. Five times larger than the 39 hectare El Carrizal coffee is collected to strict taste standardsas well as quality and screen size. They are then milled at the groups BenficioLas Cruces, located in nearby Santa Ana that handles all the coffees from the farms. Despite being a historic processing centre with over 100 years behind it, it has been regularly updated to and is currently renovated to contain wet and dry processing facilities, along with eco-friendly equipment, raised African beds, patios and mechanical driers.
This coffee also contains the varietal often referred to as HSF, an abbreviation
for Hibrido de San Francisco, giving away the fact that the San Francisco farm the family also owns lent its name to the Bourbon x Pacas cross discovered on it. Cup quality is very similar to Bourbon, but it has a slightly higher productivity and shows greater tolerance to rust, though is not completely resistant.