El Salvador Finca Argentina Varietal Garden Cupping Pack 2017


Bean name El Salvador Finca Argentina Varietal Garden Cupping Pack 2017
Country El Salvador
Region Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Ranges
Other info Cupping Pack


I've been working with Alejandro Martinez since 2008 and in that time our relationship has gone from strictly professional to Ale being one of my closest friends. He became involved in coffee in 2008 because he had just relocated to El Salvador from New York, where he'd been working as a city banker. With his first son on the way and the hustle and bustle of New York being no place to bring up a family, the draw of home and El Salvador was just far too strong to ignore.

While looking for work in El Salvador, Ale decided to help his father with some of his business interests and investments. His father had inherited several coffee farms from his grandfather and was unsure what to do with them. One of the investments pricked Ale’s interest: a farm called Finca Argentina. Since then Finca Argentina has gone from strength to strength, but not without bumps in the road. In 2013 it suffered the worst harvest in its record, with only 70 bags harvested due to a massive issue with leaf rust. But with investment and hard work, they have also bought a neighbouring farm, and the future is amazingly bright for Ale, his father, his family, and Finca Argentina. The farm is based in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, and is near the town of Turín in the Ahuachapán department. The altitude of the farm is 1,300 m.a.s.l.

On offer here we have a pre-order for a pack of 8 cupping tins that are going to be roasted + dispatched on November the 1st, if you order any other items with your cupping pack they will be dispatched with it on the 1st of November. Each sample tin will contain at least 12.5g of coffee but weight is dependant on each individual varietal’s density, please ensure you weigh out the correct quantity for your brewing vessel! We recommend grinding the full dose and weighing 12g of grinds into each bowl, to which you will add 200 g of 92º water and steep for 4 minutes.
Let's hear a little more about this project and these coffees from the man himself, hi Ale! ????

"All varietal garden coffees are processed by hand … I am not saying the usual nonsense you pick by hand … but everything is done by hand in a very artisanal way. First, since the garden is so close to the HQ … we actually monitor them more closely and pick them at optimal ripeness … since there are so few trees, we can actually do it very carefully. Once picked, we hand pulp the coffee … the process takes two hours with just a small amount (two bags or so of cherry) … I do it myself too; not all the time, but I did a bunch this past harvest. Then we decide how to process, so we have done some washed, where we left the coffee in a bucket overnight and washed by hand the next day … very carefully scrubbing the coffee in the bucket until the water we had is clear and clean …then we stop. We keep the water we use for the washing in a barrel and reuse for the Bokashi preparation (after some treatment with lime and microorganisms). The wash process is super tedious, so we tried some honeys this year too. We dry all coffee in our beds and then measure humidity until it is ready. The problem with the honeys is that they are a pain to dry … but super cool though. In the mornings they will be all sticky and by the afternoon would be dry … and then again the next morning. Anyways … we did several types of honey this year and we mixed them all together for each varietal … otherwise it would have been like a Pico lot … and it was easier for the mill to deal with them. Thus, the honey hybrid thing … it is basically honeys, mixed with washed … unless it was all washed … "

The varietals included in the pack will be...
• Yellow Caturra Natural
• San Pacho Honey
• Catisic Washed
• Bourbon Washed (Piletas Manzana Tablon)
• Colombia Washed
• Hybrid El Pasti Honey
• Pache Colis
• Icatu Honey

You want tasting notes? Tough luck! You're not getting any! Most of these lots are too tiny to do roasts of to get notes so the 1 and only roast of them will be done on November the 1st. Notes are up to you and your tastebuds!

So there you have it! Want to taste what Ale's been up to in his varietal garden? Click the big red button below! The order cutoff for these packs is 1300hrs on November 1st so please order before then ????

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