Los Pirineos Coffee farm has been in the Baraona Family for more than 120 years, since the
family first moved there in 1880. Gilberto*, one of the 3rd generation of coffee farmers from the
Baraona family, now owns the farm and has designed and built the most modern specialty
coffee mill in the whole of El Salvador. All of the processing takes place on the farm.
The farm is located at the top of the Tecapa Volcano, in the Tecapa Chinameca coffee region,
at around 1450 masl. Specialising in Bourbon and Pacamara, Los Pirineos has one of the oldest
heirloom Bourbon varieties in the country. It has also been thee experimental ground for several
new varietal projects started last year, including the Central America F1 variety.
The farm and mill have 50 full-time employees and they take on a further 75 during the peak of
the harvest. Gilberto’s obsession with quality means he pays well above the legal minimum
wages to all his staff. He requires far more precision and attention to detail than the average
coffee farm and so he has invested time and money in the people who manage the processing.
As a result of the training and support he offers, even his temporary staff are consistent from
year to year.
Gilberto’s dedication to quality is uncompromising. He has the largest coffee seed bank in
*Unfortunately, Gilberto Baraona (the farm owner) passed away last year. The farm is now under the custodianship of his children.