||El Salvador Finca San Cayetano Natural Bourbon 2013
In the early 1920s, Arturo Silva bought this land and planted coffee trees in one of the highest summits of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range. It is located in Apaneca, Ahuachapán. He named it San Cayetano. Years later it was inherited by Luis Arturo Silva, father of Rafael Silva, the current owner.
San Cayetano is 15 hectors and is a 100% bourbon farm. It's 1500 meters above sea level in Auchapan. The Bourbon plants were planted fifty years ago, and are a traditional varietal for El Salvador, one I am always pleased to see. Among its attributes are the vigor and strength of its branches and the volume of the foliage, but most of all it just grows really well in that region.
The name Rafael Silva might be a familiar one to lovers of El Salvador coffee. Rafael and Carmen being the owners of one of my favourite coffees: La Fany. They also own the Siberia farm, and we have bought from them for many years.
On my visit to El Salvador Rafael and Carmen very kindly gave me a day of their time and took me to see their lovely new mill, and to cup some coffees. This was one of the coffees that jumped off the table at me, and is an outstanding example of what Carmen and Raphael can do when naturally processing.
In the cup expect a funky little number. Think melted rum and raisin ice cream and you're half way there. The other half is blackcurrants, blueberry, and sherry. This is a side to Carmen and Raphael I didn't know they had, and wow am I pleased I found it.
Farm: San Cayetano
Farmer: Rafael and Carmen Silva Hoff
Region: Santa Ana
Country: El Salvador
Farm Size: 15 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 15 Hectares
Annual Production: 17,000 kg
Workers: 50 during the peak harvest
Average Temprtaure: 18 oc
Average Annual Rainfall: 2300mm
This one is great at medium roast.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Melted rum and raisin ice cream, blackcurrant, blueberry, sherry
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