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an imageJames Hill, born in England, arrived in El Salvador in the 19th century

From a very young age he realized that, by introducing new techniques to the cultivation and processing of coffee, he could export coffee beans to meet the highest international standards.

He began exporting coffee on his own account at the end of the 19th century and, shortly after, won a Silver Medal at The Pan-American Exposition in New York, 1901.

James Hill founded Las Tres Puertas in 1896 in the town of Santa Ana, close to the volcano of Santa Ana whose slopes produce coffee beans of the highest quality.

The house, where he lived until his death in 1951, overlooks the mill and patios.

His vision in promoting new ideas and methods to coffee production in our country included the introduction of the Bourbon variety of Arabica coffee.

So great was his contribution to the art of growing and processing and exporting coffee that, in May 1948 he was awarded with "El Diploma al Mérito Agrícola Cafetalero by the Federación Cafetalera de Centro America y Mexico".