El Salvador Finca El Retiro 100% Red Bourbon 2011


Bean name El Salvador Finca El Retiro 100% Red Bourbon 2011
Country El Salvador
Region Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Ranges
Other info Varietal: 100% Red Bourbon


The Pacas family started farming at Finca El Retiro in 1927. The farm has since passed between four generations and is now owned and managed by Alfredo Pacas and his family.

The farm’s 100% Bourbon coffee is hand-picked only when perfectly ripe, fully washed and dried in the sun. The coffee grows under a protective canopy of shade, made up of indigenous tree varieties such as the leguminous balsam and ingas. Both of these trees are chosen for their heavy leaf fall, which provides a rich natural mulch. The farm is also home to many different animals including squirrels, armadillos, wild cats and quails.

The farm employs 24 permanent workers and provides seasonal work for a further 105 temporary workers at the peak of the harvest. Free medical care is offered to all of the farm’s employees. El Retiro was a finalist at the Cup of Excellence in 2006.

In the expect a cup full of flowers, with lovely honey sweetness that is dominant in the cup, chocolate and honeycomb. The acidity reminds me of fresh zingy white wine. A delicious combination.

Coffee: El Salvador Finca El Retiro 100% Red Bourbon

Farm: Finca El Retiro

Varietal(s):100% Red Bourbon

Processing:Fully washed & sun-dried

Altitude:1,412 metres above sea level

Total Area:30.85 Hectares – 2,913 plants per hectare

Owner: Pacas Family

Region: Apaneca Ilamatepec Mountains El Salvador

Country: El Salvador

Roasting Information:
This one is great at medium roast to medium dark. Anywhere after first crack and around 20 or so seconds into second.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Honey, floral, sweet, chocolate, honeycomb, white wine acidity.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 89

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