El Salvador Alaska Bourbon 2011-2012


Bean name El Salvador Alaska Bourbon 2011-2012
Country El Salvador
Region Santa Ana
Other info Varietal: Bourbon


The coffee is called Finca Alaska and the farm is located just one hour from Santa Ana City on the north west slopes of the Santa Ana volcano, one of the most amazing coffee growing areas in El Salvador. It is owned by Ernesto Mednez, or as we like to call him, Neto. You may remember the name from the amazing and wonderful La Ilusion of the last two years.

This is a coffee that we first saw back in 2007 and I was desperate to have a long-term relationship with the grower, though because of some politics and miscommunication it slipped through our fingers. So instead we bought some La Ilusion from Neto's other farm. Nevertheless, it always felt like there was a piece of the jigsaw missing, and now it is finally complete. This is a European exclusive and we buy the majority of the harvest from this farm. I love this coffee very much and I hope you will too.

It the cup expect to find a lovely caramel sweetness mixed up with a complex and engaging acidity of cassis and molasses with a beautiful black cherry. One of the most amazing coffees I have ever cupped.

Property Characteristics: Coffee Characteristics:
Farm: Alaska
Farmer: Juan José Ernesto Menéndez Arguello
City: Santa Ana
Region: Santa Ana
Country: El Salvador
Farm Size: 3.15 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 3.15 Hectares
Altitude: 1620 masl
Variety: Bourbón
Processing System: Washed & Sun-dried

Other Statistics:
Coffee varieties: 55% Red Bourbón, 40% Orange Bourbón, 5% Pacamara (ours is the Bourbon Red and Orange)
Type of Shade: Pepeto peludo, gravileo, cypress, copalchi, etc.
Average Annual Rainfall: 2,100 mm
Average Temperature: 18º C
Type of Soil: Sandy loam
Annual Production: (60kg) 50 bags
Mill and company where lot was process: San Carlos Mill
Fauna: Armadillos, Torogoz, Agouti, snakes, squirrels, orioles, deer, hawks, rabbits, etc.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: N 13º 52’ 22.2’’
Longitude: W 89º 36’ 22.6’’

Roasting Information:
This one is a medium roast, and definately no more. Take this any darker and you will make me cry. Into the first pops of second if you must, but no more. No oils please. Surprisingly this is great espresso, and even better filter.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Caramel, Sweet, Black Cherry and Cassis.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 8/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 8/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 94

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