The Mendez family specialty is the production of high quality coffee! Their farms are Located in the western region of El Salvador, department of Ahuachapan, between the towns of Apaneca and Ataco and at an altitude of 1,200 and 1,500 MASL. Their coffee is cultivated strictly under the shade of native trees, Mendez family also has a water management program and they collect rain water to increase their sustainability.
They are a multiple award winning company, they are proud winners of the renowned cup of excellence in the years of 2008 and 2010. Recently they have been awarded 1st place on the competition " Exceptional quality for the world 2016" and granted the Presidential coffee award, in 2019 they qualified amongst the top coffees of the cup of excellence. Cafecito Central is proud to bring to Europe in this summer the amazing Cuscatleco and Centroamericano.
A first-generation (F1) hybrid originating from a cross between rust-resistant T5296 and the Ethiopian landrace variety Rume Sudan. Centroamericano is resistant to coffee leaf rust, is extremely high yielding (in breeding evaluations, it showed production increases of 22–47% over the standard varieties in Central America). Centroamericano has also proven to have exceptional cup quality potential when well-managed at high altitudes. It was released in 2010 for farmers in Central America.
The variety was created by a consortium including French research institute CIRAD, a regional network of national coffee institutes in Central America (PROMECAFE), and a coffee genebank in Costa Rica (CATIE). F1 hybrids in Central America are part of an effort by breeders to increase the genetic diversity of varieties in the region since the traditional American varieties are severely genetically constricted.
Typically, F1 hybrid parents are chosen to be genetically distant from one another; this distance maximizes hybrid vigor, which translates into high yields and overall vigor (for example, tolerance to frost), without losses in cup quality or disease resistance. There are only a handful of F1 hybrid coffee varieties in the world, most developed in the last 10 years, and only recently commercially available to farmers.
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