Salvador Finca Santa Petronas Washed Pacamara 2012

Summary

Bean name Salvador Finca Santa Petronas Washed Pacamara 2012
Country El Salvador
Region Santa Ana
Other info Varietal: Pacamara

Description

So this is a first year, brand new coffee for Has Bean. It's part of the bounty I brought back from my trip in January 2012, the aim of which was to find some new and exciting things for Has Bean.

It was not in my plans to visit this farm, although I had planned to spend a day with my friends Federico and Lily Bolanos. They kindly arranged for me to go for a picnic on Lily's father's farm in the Ilamatepeque mountains. The farm is situated in a part of the mountains I know well; for those who remember El Retio of last year, Lily's father's farm is right next door to it (shares the same access road).

The farm was a new one to me and not one I had come across. I spent the day getting more and more interested in the farm; seeing the facilities, meeting some of the pickers, and seeing what great work they were doing. Lily and Federico have been helping her father and brother with some ideas of what the specialty market want and need from producers.

I also got to go to the mill, which is on the main road from Santa Ana City to San Salvador. Here again I saw organised, clean, and well run facilities, and the whole thing made for a super interesting free gift tour of a new farm.

So at the end of the tour I secretly asked Lily's brother (also called Federico - can you keep up) for a sample, and thought no more of it. Upon returning to the UK I found this sample in my bag, and although I was super impressed with the setup, I remained sceptical that a farm could just appear like this to me without any planning and ground work before hand.

You can guess the rest as it's here, and I'm very excited by the coffee and pleased to share it.

Located on the Ilamatepeque Volcano in the Western Part of the Santa Ana District in El Salvador, the farm was founded by the Pacas Diaz Family in 1927, now in its 6th generation. The farm is spread over 25.25 manzanas – which is 17.67 hectares of land - with varietals of Red Bourbon (80%), Pacas (15%), Pacamara (5%), and is at an altitude of 1450 meters above sea level.
This coffee is 100% fully washed Pacamara, and is hand picked and dried on raised African beds. When I told friends in the industry I was visiting El Salvador in January one open laughed at me that the coffees wouldn't be ready / finished and why was I going so early. Well this was the reason, as I was the first to cup it and the first to buy it. Other buyers turned up in February offering to buy, but it had a big sold sign on it. Its a tiny lot, but they told me recently they have planted some more near to the house on the highest part of the farm, I look forwards to seeing it.
So in the cup expect some of the sweet milk chocolate from the bourbon, but then you get the complex acidity of mangos, and kiwi fruit with a massive creamy mouth-filling awesomeness.

This coffee is 100% fully washed Pacamara, and is hand picked and dried on raised African beds. When I told friends in the industry I was visiting El Salvador in January one open laughed at me that the coffees wouldn't be ready / finished and why was I going so early. Well this was the reason, I was the first to cup it and the first to offer buy it. Other buyers turned up in February offering to buy, but it had a big sold sign on it. Its a tiny lot, but they told me recently they have planted some more near to the house on the highest part of the farm, I look forwards to seeing more of this in the future.

So in the cup expect some of the sweet milk chocolate from the Bourbon, but then you get the complex acidity of mangos, and kiwi fruit with a massive creamy mouth-filling awesomeness.

Roasting Information:
Take to the first pops of second with this get a sheen but no oils.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Chocolate, mango, kiwi, Creamy mouthfeel.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 8/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 8/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 8/8
Correction +36
Total 96

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