||El Salvador San Cayetano La Casona Washed Bourbon 2015
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El Salvador San Cayetano La Casona Washed Bourbon
So the coffee this month is a little gem that comes from a farm we know well, a lot we bought for 3FE (a coffee shop and roasting business I am a partner in and the green buyer) in Ireland. For 3FE we try to buy lots just for them and this one was perfect (and very very delicious).
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 the farm 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 vigour 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 Salvadorian coffee, Rafael and Carmen are the owners of one of my favourite farms, La Fany. They also own the Siberia farm, and we have bought from them for many years.
This is a micro lot called La Casona which means large house. There's no large house there now, but it's the name of the tablon.
Last year we had an amazingly funky natural from Carmen and Rafael, but this is a lovely clean washed version. The coffee cherries were pulped on arrival at Beneficio San Pedro to remove all of the fruit on the outside of the coffee parchment then drying the coffee on raised beds in a greenhouse. It is interesting to note that this coffee was not actually fermented; instead the pulper completely removed all of the outside fruit from the parchment. This is a method that the Silvas use for all of their washed coffees, and is something we see more of in places like Bolivia and Costa Rica.
In the cup expect dark chocolate and caramel with a hint of raisins alongside an amazingly clean, creamy aftertaste.
Country: El Salvador
Region: Santa Ana
Farm: San Cayetano
Farmer: Rafael and Carmen Silva Hoff
Tablon: La Casona
Farm size: 15 Hectares
Altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l.
Coffee growing area: 15 Hectares
Annual production: 17,000 kg
Workers: 50 during the peak harvest
Average temperature: 18 degrees centigrade
Average annual rainfall: 2,300mm
Processing method: Washed
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