||El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Pulped Natural Bourbon 2016
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2016
||Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Ranges
Number 8 of 12, August 2016, in the #SSSSS 2016 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Pulped Natural Bourbon 2016
Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription August, 2016. El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Pulped Natural Bourbon
If you weren't scared by seeing a giant Ale face in your inbox then you're braver than me!
Hello everyone! Hello hello hello : )
So I need to start off this month with an apology, we found a gremlin and it had been up to no good. Usually this email gets sent out to all you lovely #SSSSS subscribers but last month it didn't head in all the directions it was supposed to, turns out the little gremlin we caught unsubscribed about half of the people on the list so lots missed out on hearing about the coffee last month. And it gets worse, I can't re-add those people on my end : ( "why are you telling us this Steve? We're all OK!" well yes indeed but this is where I need your help! I know that a fair few of you have friends either in the real world or online that also subscribe to #SSSSS and if you do, can you check to see if they're 1 of the unlucky few that the gremlin attacked? If they're not, yippee! If they are, I have a fix! Link link link...
Can you send them that link please? If they enter their name and email address they'll be re-added to the list and so can re-board the #SSSSS newsletter funbus for the rest of the year! Thank you in advance for your help on this, I am really sorry to ask, will be posting about this on Twitter and Facebook to try and catch those that the gremlin attacked, really hoping I can get everyone back on the list as I MISS THEM!
As always this email means you have a bag of #SSSSS coffee on the way to you! The coffee for this month was roasted today, bagged and packed by my wonderful dispatch team (the real heroes of Has Bean!) and is now in the hands of Royal Mail heading towards you lucky lucky lot!
I suppose you want to know what the coffee is? Well, I kinda told you at the top of the email! But we're off to see a very good friend of mine Alejandro Martinez!
It's a name you've heard before and a face you've seen before, especially if you've been a Has Bean website customer for a little bit! I think I'm privileged to work with Ale on the level that I get to, it's rare to meet someone so very randomly and then form such a great relationship both on a business level and a personal level. Ale is a very dear friend to me and also grows freaking delicious coffee! How many of your friends grow freaking delicious coffee? : p
Some of you will have heard the story of how I came to meet Ale and some of you won't, for those unfamiliar with Mr Martinez read on!
The first time we came across Finca Argentina was via a very well presented sample that just landed on my doorstep. It came from someone who had visited the farm and offered to try to help find a buyer for them in the UK. We get lots of these, and we normally give them a try on the cupping table but find they are just not good enough for us to stock. This one was quite different: the quality was amazing. So initially we stocked it, although we knew very little about it.
Since that day, I've been to see Alejandro many times in El Salvador. During the last two visits I stopped at his house with his family and enjoying a day at the beach. Alejandro has also been to see us in Stafford twice. We have worked with him on projects (some projects were successful, others we will brush over); we have also told him what we would like to see from the farm (some ideas he took on board, others he didn't – he's the farmer, after all).
Most importantly, he has become a very very good friend, and he is someone whose coffee I love and company I enjoy. Alejandro took over running the farm from his father a few years ago, having returned to El Salvador after travelling around the world as an investment banker. A very intelligent guy and a very good businessman, he understood the farm needed to step up in work if it was to flourish: lots of work has gone into making this cup the quality one it has become.
This year we've seen a lot lot lot less coffee from Finca Argentina because of the problems it's facing in El Salvador, a few years ago the farm suffered massively with leaf rust and it's still recovering today. Not too long ago we had an incredible amount of lots from Ale from all the different plots (tablons) of the farm but this year some are teeny tiny, some are even too small for #SSSSS!
This coffee comes from one of the lowest parts of the farm farm called Fincona 1 that is about 8 manzanas (13.8 acres) and is the least productive of all the tablones. The altitude is from 1,100 to 1,200 m.a.s.l. and is 70% Bourbon, 20% Pacas and 10 % of this varietal Catimor. Alejandro tends to use this part of the farm to experiment as it has not always produced the best cup profile.
For August we've got a super comfort coffee, something you can get a mug of and sit back, relax, sip, slurp and before you know it the mug will be empty. Beautiful as brewed and so very seductive as espresso!
In the cup this is a super chocolate fest, milk chocolate on more chocolate with a wonderfully creamy body which makes it such a very easy drinking coffee. There's a delicate and juicy satsuma acidity but this coffee is all about the comfort, so easy drinking, you'll be trying to sip from an empty mug before you know it!
Country: El Salvador
Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain ranges
Nearest City: Turin, Ahuachapan
Farm: Finca Argentina
Owner: Alejandro Martinez
Altitude: 1,100 - 1200 m.a.s.l.
Tablon: Fincona 1
Processing: Pulped Natural
(me, Ale & Petesey on Finca Argentina)
So there you have it my friends, delicious Ale coffee! Chuggable loveable huggable Ale! You all know I love a bit of social media love but this month don't just be hashtagging #SSSSS, make sure to send some love Ale's way either on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/alefincaargentina or on Twitter https://twitter.com/fincaargentina as he'd genuinely love to hear from you all!
Until next time folks...so long, and thanks for all the fish!
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