||El Salvador Los Andes Washed SL28 2018
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2018
||Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Ranges
Number 1 of 12, January 2018, in the #SSSSS 2018 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: El Salvador Los Andes Washed SL28 2018
The wait is over, welcome to Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription 2018!!!
This is the fourth year of Steve’s Super Secret… wait, let’s just call it #SSSSS! That’s four years of me sharing some of my favorite-est, tastiest and tiniest lots of coffee with a special little group of people (that’s you lovely lot!!!)
To those of you joining us again – Thank You! - it’s been amazing to hear about you enjoying your #SSSSS over the last three years and I’m excited to share more of that with you this year! For those of you joining us for the first time – Hello!!!! You’ll get to know me super well this year as I give you the low down on the coffees you’re going to enjoy each month, but for now - my name’s Steve and I like coffee. Like, really, realllly, reeeeeeallly like coffee. So much so, that it’s takes me from our roastery in Staffordshire all around the world, visiting beautiful places, making amazing friends and of course finding some delicious coffees. If you want to hear more about me and my adventures (and who wouldn’t!!!) then check out the blog [http://www.hasblog.co.uk]
Now some of those delicious coffees I mentioned can be really small lots- maybe just a tiny amount of a different varietal or different processing technique that a producer was trying out – and we would end up selling out of them so quickly, I didn’t get a chance to enjoy them myself!!! So, the idea for #SSSSS was born – a chance for me to enjoy those smallest lots myself, and share them with just a few people who would appreciate something a bit special and unique.
Before we get to the fun stuff, there are a few bits to know about how the subscription works. We’re a little bit into January already, because we get super busy and a little delayed after our Christmas and New Year’s break, but normally this email (and your freshly roasted coffee!) would be heading out to you at the end of the month to arrive on or before the 1st of each month. See this email? It means your coffee is on it’s way to you!
If you want to tell me you love the coffee, you can find me on social media – I love to see tweets, Instagrams photos & Facebook posts of you enjoying the coffee (and use the #SSSSS tag to help me find them)! If it’s boring, practical stuff – drop us an e-mail at email@example.com Need to change your delivery address? Coffee not arrived? Got a new email address? A quick email to us and either Chris or Katie will jump in and sort it out faster than a really fast thing.
But I can hear you getting inpatient – what about the coffee, Steve?! Our first #SSSSS of 2018 will be…
El Salvador Los Andes Washed SL28!
I wanted to start 2018 with something a bit special to me. It’s from a farm of one of those amazing coffee friends I’ve made - Juan Jose Ernesto Menéndez Agüello. I first met Ernesto in 2008, when I was in El Salvador at the Cup of Excellence. He had just won with his farm La Ilusion. I’d already bought a lot from it’s sister farm, Finca Alaska, through Cup of Excellence the year before so I knew he could produce amazing coffee, but that meeting marked the start of a love affair with La Ilusion that has lasted ever since.
I’m super proud that we buy all his production from La Ilusion and Alaska now, and that we’ve been able to buy some coffee from his other farms. That’s where Los Andes comes in. It’s a farm he has owned since 2009 and which he has done well with in Cup of Excellence (he’s done that a lot, actually!!). Like La Ilusion and Alaska, it’s situated on the Santa Ana volcano, the high elevation of which is great for slow maturation of the coffee cherries. It’s a great coffee growing location, but more than that it’s Ernesto’s famous coffee growing knowledge and skill at processing the cherries which gives amazing results.
I haven’t mentioned the varietal yet… well it’s an SL28. That’s one you’re more likely to find in Kenya than El Salvador, but which in this case came to the farm over 60 years ago after the farms former owner went on a hunting trip there! There’s another reason the varietal SL28 has been causing a bit of discussion this year… our own Director of Wholesale, Dale Harris, used an SL28 when he won the World Barista Championships 2017!!!!!
Now not only was it SL28 he used, it was also grown by Ernesto, at his Las Brumas farm. That makes this coffee the sibling of the one Dale used and so, again, a bit special for me. I hope all of that has got you appropriately excited for your first #SSSSS of 2018, so lets get onto the stats and what it tastes like, then I’ll leave you in peace to wait patiently for your postie.
In the cup it’s got a big, juicy apricot up front, with plenty of golden sugar sweetness. This is a beautifully well balanced cup which you’ll just want to drink and drink, but if you do manage to leave it to cool down a little you’ll see that apricot shift into sweet orange, with hints of dried fruit and cashew nuts on the finish.
Country: El Salvador
Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range
City: Santa Ana
Farm: Los Andes
Farmer: Juan Jose Ernesto Menéndez Argüello
Altitude: 1,700 m.a.s.l.
Processing system: Washed
I hope you love this coffee as much I do and watch out for my next e-mail at the end of the month to tell you all about the next #SSSSS!
"Quick Look" Guide:
Apricot, golden sugar, orange, dried fruit, cashew nut.
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