||El Salvador Finca La Lagunita Washed Bourbon 2015
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2015
Number 8 of 12, August 2015, in the #SSSSS - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this golden ticket!
From Mr. Stephen Leighton! I shake you warmly by the hand! For now, I do invite you to partake in my super secret stash subscription!
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!
Now you must visit http://go.hasbean.co.uk/sssss to discover more. Until then,
El Salvador Finca La Lagunita Washed Bourbon 2015
Why the block capitals? Because I'm in one of my favourite places in the world BOLIVIA and having an amazing time visiting coffee farms! Jealous? You should be ; )
As usual this email is to let you know that your #SSSSS was roasted today and is on its way to you right now, a little earlier than normal this month due to a few different things at the roastery, didn't want to send your coffee out late so went with a tiny bit earlier. While your coffee is working its way to you I'll be flying to Colombia, yes that's just another little dig about what a nice time I'm having : )
For August we're in El Salvador again with another producer that I know very well, not that Alejandro fella this time but the wonderful and lovely Gloria Rodríguez.
If you're a regular Has Beaner then you may recognise Gloria from Finca San José that we've been buying from for a few years and Finca Nejapa who we had for the very first time last year. Gloria actually owns and personally supervises six farms in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range: San José, Mamatita, El Porvenir, Nejapa, Nueva Granada and La Lagunita, she's a busy busy lady!
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, grown to heirloom Bourbon and Typica variety mainly, with some Elephante too. The top of the hill, has been kept as a native forest, a sanctuary of hundred years old trees, many birds and animals that blow the visitor's mind.
This piece of land was Gloria's first farm, and she holds it very dear. 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 her only daughter earn her own money to pay for her university and expenses, making it a case for Gloria to be near and vigilant of her own crop.
I was lucky enough to get to visit the farm on my trip to El Salvador last year, you can read a little about my trip if you like...
The secret diary of a green coffee buyer aged 40 and 1/4 [https://medium.com/coffee-buying-trip-diary/the-secret-diary-of-a-green-coffee-buyer-aged-40-and-1-4-ded4e254897a]
Gloria works under strict specialty coffee standards such as fully ripe cherries harvest, 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.
This year Gloria employed nearly 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 labor 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.
Onto the part I'm sure you're really keen to hear about...
In the cup there's juice loose aboot this hoose! A super juicy coffee with buckets of fruit sweetness, almost like someone's slipped a glug of tropical fruit juice into the cup. Alongside the fruitiness there's a delicious creamy mouthfeel and a hint of caramel in the finish.
• Country: El Salvador
• Region: Ahuachapan
• City: Apaneca
• Farm: La Lagunita
• Farmer: Gloria Mercedes Rodríguez Fontan
• Farm Size: 7ha
• Coffee growing area: 5ha
• Altitude: 1,650 m.a.s.l.
• Varietal: Bourbon
• Processing System: Washed
So there you are my secret stash stealing friends, I hope you really enjoy this deliciously juicy coffee! As always make sure to let me know how you get on and what you think using the hashtag #SSSSS.
I'm off to pack for my flight to Colombia and to enjoy my last few hours on Bolivian soil, so long and thanks for all the fish!
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