||El Salvador Finca Noruega Piedra de Afilar Natural Bourbon 2015
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2015
Number 11 of 12, November 2015, in the #SSSSS - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
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El Salvador Finca Noruega Piedra de Afilar Natural Bourbon 2015
PURPLE! I mean, err...hello : ) Do you like the purple touch of this email? I quite like it. Obviously red is my favourite and I'd like everything to be red all the time but this purple is really rather swanky.
So once again we jump aboard the good ship #SSSSS for a month of something tasty and delicious, your coffee for November was roasted + posted today so should be with you soon!
This month we're in El Salvador for a tiny lot from the amazing Carmen and Rafael Da Silva at Finca Noruega.
For those of you who buy coffee from our website on a regular basis I'm sure you'll have seen our 3 other coffees from Finca Noruega this year and also more in the past, it's a farm that I'm super excited to be working with as it's evolving all the time and producing more and more amazing coffees. I love all 3 that we have this year (well I guess this makes it 4 for you lucky #SSSSS subscribers) but the lot from the Amate tablon has been in a lot of my Chemex brews recently.
In case you're not familiar with the farm I think I should tell you a little about it...
Finca Noruega is located in the volcanic Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, Apaneca, Ahuachapán. It consists of 27 hectares between altitudes of approximately 1,500 & 1,600 meters above sea level. This is quite high for Apaneca and it has an awful lot of shady trees (not trees of questionable character: trees that provide precious shade for the coffee trees). These trees make the crop mature much more slowly than some of the other farms, which means the coffee really only comes into full production towards what is thought to be the end of the season in El Salvador.
The farm grows both Bourbon, as in this case, and a small amount of Pacamara. Piedra de Afilar is a Tablon on the Noruega Farm Estate although is separated from the rest of the main body of the farm, size wise it's approximately 4.5 manzanas and altitude wise it sits at 1,500 metres above sea level.
Finca Noruega is owned by our friends Carmen and Rafael who you may recognise from the other amazing coffee farms Finca Siberia and Finca La Fany. The name for this farm is one of those amazing love stories of boy meets girl. I'll let Carmen tell the story in her words...
"This farm has a romantic tint to it. Rafael´s grandparents met in San Francisco, California, when young around the 1930s. Sara Valdivieso Borja was from El Salvador and sent to school in California; she met Ralph Hoff, another student, who came to San Francisco to study all the way from Norway. They fell in love, got married and established their residence in El Salvador after renaming the farm Noruega ("Norway" in English) on behalf of the husband Ralph. He learned to work and love the land, and he made it prosper. They had an only child, Thelma, who continued the legacy through her 5 children."
A lovely story and a lovely coffee.
Now the part I'm sure you've been waiting to read...
A real comfort coffee, it's all about chocolate orange, with a lovely creamy body. There's hints of figs and dried fruit too, then just a little sweet sherry booziness on the finish.
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Finca Noruega
Tablon: Piedra de Afilar
Farmer: Carmen and Rafael Da Silva
Farm size: 27 hectares
Tablon size: 4.5 manzanas
Altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l.
Processing system: Natural
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