||El Salvador Finca La Lagunita Red Bourbon Washed 2017
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2017
||Varietal: Red Bourbon
Number 1 of 12, January 2017, in the #SSSSS 2017 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: El Salvador Finca La Lagunita Red Bourbon Washed 2017
Hello hello hello and WELCOME to Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription 2017! That's the last time I'll type that in full, #SSSSS from now on!
To those of you who are new around these parts, hiya ???? my name's Steve and I reeeeeeeeeally like coffee! ?????? I also like cats, Sunderland FC and tasty beer (did you know I have a beer podcast? If not you should check out SARBP [http://www.sarbp.com]!) A huge THANK YOU for signing up for #SSSSS 2017, I'm super excited to share some amazing coffees with you over the next 12 months ????
To those of you who aren't quite so new, oh no...not you again!! I'd like to say how wowed I was when I saw how many people had resubscribed from last year, to say I was feeling the love would be a massive understatement ???? some of you are here for your third (THIRD!!) year and I don't really have the vocabulary to properly express how thankful and blessed I feel to have you all onboard ????
So what's this all about? #SSSSS started from a thought I had about wanting to share coffee with people, sometimes there are coffees that are super tiny and there's not really an easy way to share them. Often they'd go to a coffee shop as an exclusive coffee just for them or we'd use them as blend components but it's quite rare that they'd make it onto the website. These are super tasty coffees that I really wanted to share with people who were excited about trying something new, something rare and something exciting!
Each month I choose a coffee that we've got in our green store that there's only a tiny amount of (normally just 2 bags of green) and send it out to you lucky people. The reason I could only offer 300 spaces on this subscription is because the coffees are so tiny, each #SSSSS roast day we roast everything that we have of the coffee and it all goes out the doors.
This dispatch for this first month is a bit wonky vs the regular dispatch dates because of Christmas/new year, we started our 2017 of roasting on Tuesday when we were back at the roastery after our Christmas/new year break and today was the first day that we could logistically fit the roasting into our production schedule. Normally we'll be roasting + posting your coffee on or before the 1st day of each month.
This email is to say that your coffee was roasted today and handed over to Royal Mail at about 1600hrs, it's now on the way to you! I will send you an email like this each month to let you know the coffee has left Has Bean Towers and also to give you some information about the coffee, there's no product page on the website to look at for these secret coffees so your inbox gets a healthy dose of Steve once a month ????
OK right, a quick bit of important housekeeping...
If you ever need to change anything about your #SSSSS you need to email us. Moving house? Email us. Changing your email address? Email us. Coffee hasn't turned up? Email us. Question about a coffee? Email us.
See that person on the left there? That's Chris. I like Chris. He's awesome. If you need anything to do with your #SSSSS changing please email [firstname.lastname@example.org] and Chris will be there to help ????
And now, COFFEE ??????????????????
On top of the Nymph Lagoon (a volcanic crater nested in Apaneca) Finca La Lagunita is located at an altitude of 1,650 metres above sea level. Within its 4.9 hectares, 3.5 ha. are dedicated to coffee and it's mainly Bourbon and Typica that mainly grow, there's a bit of Elephante too. The top of the hill has been kept as a native forest, a sanctuary of trees that are hundreds of years old, and as I'm sure you can imagine an area like that also attracts loads of birds and animals so it serves as a wonderful nature reserve too.
Who grew this coffee? Gloria Mercedes Rodríguez Fontan. She's a fourth generation coffee grower and owns + personally supervises six small farms located in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range: San José, Mamatita, El Porvenir, Nejapa, Nueva Granada and La Lagunita.
This piece of land was Gloria's first farm, and she holds it very close to her heart. When her father, José María Rodríguez died in 1975 it was time for her to learn all the responsibilities of coffee farming, he symbolically presented her with his higher altitude farm: La Lagunita. Gloria's father’s plan was to have his only daughter earn her own money to pay for her university and expenses.
I was lucky enough to get to visit the farm on my trip to El Salvador 2 years ago, you can read a little about it if you like...
The secret diary of a green coffee buyer aged 40 and 1/4
A trip around Central America Day 7 Apaneca San Jose
Gloria works under strict specialty coffee standards such as only harvesting fully ripe cherries, careful milling, appreciative pruning, etc., while she is blessed by amazing coffee terroir conditions such as altitude, sandy loam soils and rich in organic matter, among others. Coffee pickers are selected from her staff based on their experience and passion, and their understanding on the requirements to obtain high-quality coffee.
Each year Gloria employs around 35 people during the harvesting season, and all year round she manages a permanent "winter works" team of 15 people. The idea is to have a solid trained and skilled working group that receive better wages and working conditions. Gloria pays during harvest around 90% above legal minimum wage to give workers incentive and assure the best coffee cherries possible. After every production cycle, she gives a proportional bonus according to every week of labour of her “winter workers” that normally derives into a 1.2 months extra of income for them.
La Lagunita had four foliar fertilizations and two soil fertilizations, its soil type is predominantly sandy loam, and rainfall is between 2,000 to 2,700mm annually. With the additional income from auctioned coffee, Gloria plans to improve husbandry practices at her farm and keep focus on improving quality at both the farm and mill level.
This coffee is a washed coffee and I get quite a few emails asking me what on earth that means, well my friends...I made a video!
And now, without further ado, it's time for the main event, the part I'm sure you've all been waiting for, what does this coffee taste like?
In the cup you're greeted by red apple with a Rowntree's Fruit Pastille sweetness, this then moves towards sweet milk chocolate and a long Brazil nut finish.
Country: El Salvador
Farm: La Lagunita
Farmer: Gloria Mercedes Rodríguez Fontan
Farm Size: 7 hectares
Coffee growing area: 5 hectares
Altitude: 1,650 m.a.s.l.
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Processing System: Washed
So there you have it! Month 1 of #SSSSS 2017! I hope you really enjoy this coffee as I think it's a great way to start the year off, isn't too complicated or whacky, is a real comfort coffee that you can get a mug of and sit and sip and enjoy ??
As you may or may not know I'm a big fan of social media and love to hear what you think of the #SSSSS coffee, if you're into the social media too then please hashtag your posts with #SSSSS so I get to see them popup!
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That's all we've got time for, so it's goodnight from me ???? see you all again later this month when I'll be back in your inbox with the #SSSSS coffee for February
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