Descendants of Lithuanian nobility run big coffee business in El Salvador
The Pacas family was one of the most influential noble houses in 17-century Lithuania. Its descendants now run a coffee business in El Salvador.
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Alfredas Pacas recently visited Lithuania, the ancestral home of his family which was at the height of its power in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 17th century. When the state declined and was approaching collapse in the late 18th century, the Pacas family moved to El Salvador and have become one of the biggest coffee growers in the Latin American country.
Alfredas Pacas' family now runs 19 coffee farms in El Salvador. He says that the business started in 1870 and really took off six decade later, with the formation of the Pacas variety of coffee beans.
"The Pacas coffee tree mutated and it was noticed that the mutation results in some very good qualities for the coffee," Pacas tells LRT television.
About 800 people work in 19 farms, cultivating five different types of coffee. The Pacas family business exports 500,000 kilograms of raw coffee a year. Since 2012, some of it has been coming to Lithuania, too.
Alfredas Pacas, his wife Chulita and their five children have been to Lithuania five times.