El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Washed Bourbon 2015

Summary

Bean name El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Washed Bourbon 2015
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2015
Region Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Ranges
Other info Varietal: Bourbon

Description

Number 7 of 12, July 2015, in the #SSSSS - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.

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I, Stephen Leighton curate a spectacular selection of secret coffees that rarely see the light of day, however throughout 2015 I wish to share some of them with a select few of my beloved customers.
These coffees will not be available on my website or from anywhere except within the super secret stash subscription!
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El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Washed Bourbon 2015

Another blisteringly fast month has zoomed past me and here we are almost in July, wow, just wow. This means time for me to say goodbye to another tiny lot of coffee that I thought was just for me and time for you to say hello to a little 250g bag of wonderful through your letterbox!

As always this email means that your coffee for this month was roasted today and handed over to Royal Mail this afternoon, it's travelling First Class so should hopefully be with you very soon :)

This month we're off to El Salvador to meet the one and only Alejandro Martinez!

For those of you who buy from the website on a regular basis I'm sure Finca Argentina is a name you'll have seen before and recognise, but for those that aren't so familiar let me tell you a little bit about an amazing relationship.

We're in our fourth year of working with Finca Argentina and it's a sign of the progress we have made working with Alejandro. The first time we came across the farm some coffee arrived at the roastery as a very well presented sample, it just landed on my doorstep. The sample came from someone who had visited the farm and offered to try to help find a buyer for them in the UK, we get lots of these and normally give them a try on the cupping table, but we usually find they are just not good enough for us to stock. This one however was quite different: the quality was amazing. So initially we stocked it, although we knew very little about it.

Since that day, I've been to see Alejandro multiple times in El Salvador, last time I stopped at his house with his family and enjoying a day at the beach. Alejandro has been to see us in Stafford a few times for various different fun adventures, we have worked with him on projects (some were successful: we'll brush over the others) and we've also discussed what we'd really love to see from the farm (some ideas he took on board, others he didn't).

Most importantly, he has become a very very good friend. He's someone whose coffee I love and company I enjoy. Alejandro took over running the farm from his father a few years ago. He'd just returned to El Salvador after travelling around the world as an investment banker. A very intelligent guy, and a very good business man, Alejandro understood that the farm needed to step up in work if it was to flourish. Lots of work has gone into making this cup the quality one it has become.

The farm is based in the Apaneca-Ilamtepec mountain range near to the town of Turin in the Ahuachapan department at an altitude of 1,350 metres above sea level.

Part of Ale's work was to separate the farm into tablons (the Spanish word for plot). Finca Argentina was separated into 8 plots, with 7 of them growing coffee.

This coffee comes from one of the lowest parts of the farm farm called Fincona 1 that is about 8 manzanas (13.8 acres) and is the least productive of all the tablones. The altitude is from 1,100 to 1,200 m.a.s.l. and is 70% Bourbon, 20% Pacas and 10 % of the varietal Catimor. Alejandro tends to use this part of the farm to run his experiments and is often where some of the most interesting coffees come from.

But anyway! I really should stop, you probably already think I have a bit of a crush on Ale, honestly I could go on with more amazing things (make sure to check out our single origin lip balm with his coffee in it!) but I bet you want to finally get to read about the coffee that's on its way to you!

In the cup there’s a lot of traditional El Salvadorian milk chocolate alongside sweet honeycomb, it’s almost like someone’s been stirring it with a Cadbury Crunchie. A very clean cup with an acidity that reminds me of white grapes which finishes with a little bit of soft gooseberry.

Country: El Salvador
Region: But anyway! I really should stop, you probably already think I have a bit of a crush on Ale, honestly I could go on with more amazing things (make sure to check out our single origin lip balm with his coffee in it!) but I bet you want to finally get to read about the coffee that's on its way to you!

In the cup there’s a lot of traditional El Salvadorian milk chocolate alongside sweet honeycomb, it’s almost like someone’s been stirring it with a Cadbury Crunchie. A very clean cup with an acidity that reminds me of white grapes which finishes with a little bit of soft gooseberry.

Country: El Salvador
Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain ranges
City: Near Turin, Ahuachapan
Farm: Finca Argentina
Owner: Alejandro Martinez
Tablon: Fincona 1
Varietal: Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed and Sun Dried
Workers: 16 full time rising to 50 during the picking season
Altitude: 1,300 m.a.s.l.

Wooooooo! AND THE CROWD GOES WILD! #applause #confetti oh yes oh yes it's a delicious coffee! I hope you really enjoy it and zoom through the bag more quickly than you can say, "Ale has an excellent cowboy hat!"

Country: El Salvador
Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Ranges
City: Near Turin, Ahuachapan
Farm: Finca Argentina
Owner: Alejandro Martinez
Tablon: Fincona 1
Varietal: Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed and Sun Dried
Workers: 16 full time rising to 50 during the picking season
Altitude: 1,300 m.a.s.l.

Wooooooo! AND THE CROWD GOES WILD! #applause #confetti oh yes oh yes it's a delicious coffee! I hope you really enjoy it and zoom through the bag more quickly than you can say, "Ale has an excellent cowboy hat!"

So long and thanks for all the fish!

Cupping notes

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