Don Hilario Estate:
Why is Don Hilario so special?
The answer actually is over 200 years old. Back in 1796, this very special variety of the Arabica bean, called Bourbon, first made its presence in the rich, volcanic mountains of the Santa Ana region of western El Salvador. Over 120 years ago, Don Hilario Menendez began harvesting this prized single-bean coffee, which became the exclusive botanical variety of coffee tree growing on the Don Hilario Estate.
Today the tradition of Don Hilario's labor of love continues through his grandson, Gerardo Menendez. At altitudes over 4,000 feet above sea level, the required altitude for Strictly High Grown coffee classification, the younger Menendez continues his grandfather's practice of hand-picking his estate coffee on the family plantation.