El Borbollon is one of the largest specialty coffee producers and exporters in El Salvador. The Alvarez family opened the mill in 1985. El Borbollon mill is managed by Eduardo Alvarez, whose father (also Eduardo) bequeathed to him a passion for growing coffee and inspired him to always strive for the highest quality. Under Eduardo’s direction, the mill has enabled many of the farms to place in Cup of Excellence competitions. Of the 15 high altitude farms with which El Borbollon works, 10 have won places in Cup of Excellence competitions; four of these, including La Reforma, have won the COE Presidential Award for achieving scores of 90+.
The Alvarez family has been proactive in using technology to improve the quality of its coffee while also preserving the livelihoods of the people that they employ, creating a vibrant future-focused coffee industry for El Salvador. It is the future focus that spurred Eduardo to enable El Borbollon to pilot one of the first ever intelligent farming projects in the specialty coffee industry.
El Borbollon is one of the largest specialty coffee producers and exporters in El Salvador. The Alvarez family opened the mill in 1985. The mill installed sensors at key production points around the El Borbollon mill to measure temperature and humidity. These sensors capture ambient data and sent it to a cloud database, where it is used to automatically build charts for data analysis. The mill will utilize the data to understand how temperature and humidity affect coffee quality at various locations of the mill. Once they understand the effects, they will make the necessary adjustments to ensure their coffee is handled and processed in optimal conditions to ensure quality control. Additionally, their customers will have full transparency to the data.