Famous for its tasty Papusas (cheese-stuffed corn flatbreads, handmade to order), beautiful surf spots and a vast and interesting history of coffee production. And regardless of its size as a country, El Salvadorian coffee is big on the coffee radar. Volcanic soils and ideal microclimates has helped developed the scene ever since families first started planting coffee here in the mid-1800s.
In its glory days, El Salvador coffee had an annual production of over 5 million bags (69 kg each). However, El Salvador is also a country that has lately been struck hard by climate change. Unpredictable seasons of rain and drought. And simultaneously the market price for coffee has been down to some of its lowest in history. All in all creating unbearable situations for coffee farmers around the country.
So, at a time when coffee is on an obvious decline and where abandoned farms get more and more prominent day by day, one could really wonder why we would invest to establish a coffee farm in the country.
But that is just our reason. Lykkes' sole ambition is to be a beacon for change.
Where we know that well-maintained farms, based on climate-smart agriculture and working together with nature – will help counteract more devastating changes in climate. And where added value for farmers in increased quality and quantity will help improve livelihoods.