||El Salvador Finca San Cayetano Natural Bourbon 2014
In the early 1920s Arturo Silva bought land located in Apaneca, Ahuachapán and planted coffee trees on one of the highest summits of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range, he named it San Cayetano. Years later it was inherited by Luis Arturo Silva, father of Rafael Silva, the current owner.
San Cayetano is a 15 hectare 100% Bourbon farm that sits at 1,500 meters above sea level in Ahuachapan. 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 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 this is James Brown funk. Cross rum and raisin ice cream with sherry and blueberries, you're going in the right direction. Then throw into the mix blackcurrants and a creamy mouthfeel your nearly there. Then look at how balanced and clean this is for a natural and you have arrived.
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 Temperature: 18 degrees centigrade
Average Annual Rainfall: 2300mm
Altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l.
Processing Method: Natural
This one is great at medium roast.
"Quick Look" Guide
Melted rum and raisin ice cream, blackcurrant, blueberry, sherry.
« Back to Coffee Archive