Six generations of coffee entrepreneurs

Coffee from Siberia

Fabio Morán and Epifanio Silva began growing coffee in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range in El Salvador in 1870. The tradition has been passed down from generation to generation and inspired the establishment of the business known today as “Sicafe.” They named their farm La Siberia for its hostile weather conditions and difficult accessibility. The mountainous region where they  still grow coffee under the Sicafe brand, encompasses a biosphere reserve extending across 53,000 hectares: including forests, lava flows, and lagoons. The region is home to a diverse set of flora and fauna, out of which 14 plant and 23 bird species are endangered.

The family maintains its entrepreneurial spirit by managing six coffee farms spread across the Apaneca-Ilamatepec region, running a wet and dry coffee mill named San Pedro, and developing its own brand of estate coffee, Entre Cerros. Their mill can process around 150 tons of coffee per season and provides milling and trading services to small-holder farmers. The Silvas’ farms are mainly planted with Bourbon and Pacamara coffee varieties and are situated between 1,400 and 1,720 meters above sea level, allowing Sicafe to produce high-quality shade-grown coffee. To date, the company has won nine national andinternational coffee awards.

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