Salvadoran coffee is at its peak in the world, with 40 countries already seduced by the exotic notes of its special varieties. It is a regular winner of the Cup of Excellence international competition.
Proof of this is the 751,000 quintals that were sold abroad between January and September of this year, according to data from the Central Reserve Bank (BCR).
The state entity reported that, in economic amounts, the country sold $182 million worth of coffee during the first nine months of the year, with the United States being the largest buyer, with $71 million, followed by Belgium, which acquired $17 million, Germany with $16 million, and Japan with $13 million.
But there were other nations that also demanded the national grain. Among them, highlighted Greece, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia, and in the most recent incorporation of new interested parties are: Malaysia, Slovenia, Poland, Argentina, Denmark, Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.
The head of the BCR, Douglas Rodríguez, explained that sales of this item show an increase of 57% when compared to those obtained the previous year, that is, $66 million more.
In addition, he explained that international companies have also allowed a quintal of national grain to be better valued in international markets.
«The price of coffee has also had a variation, $242 is worth a quintal of coffee and has registered a growth of 39%, compared to the price at which it was sold last year in the same period,» he said.
National sugar is another of the products that shows significant growth so far this year. According to the BCR, between January and September, $152 million of the sweetener was sold, 13% more than what was sold in the same period last year, that is, $17 million more.
The agricultural sector showed a growth of 37% in exports generated in the first nine months of the year, with sales of $231 million, indicated the BCR.