Often referred to as the Santa Ana coffee region (it is near the city of Santa Ana), Apaneca is the largest coffee-producing area in El Salvador. and this is where most of the bigger farms are located. Near to Santa Ana and Ahuachapan cities, Bourbon, Pacas, and Bourbon varietals are most frequently grown.
Legend has it that in the early 1900’s, mules carried coffee from coffee farms in this region to the port at Acajutla. Between the port and the farmers yawned a deep precipice, spanned only by single rope bridges which did not always hold the weight. Periodically, one would give way, sending people and animals plummeting to their deaths, taking the precious cargo of coffee with them.