||El Salvador Finca La Fany Orange Bourbon Natural 2020
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2020
||Rhubarb, simple syrup, greengage, mucovado sugar
Number 2 of 12, February 2020, in the #SSSSS 2020 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: El Salvador Finca La Fany Natural 2020
Oh hello again, welcome to February! Well - nearly. I hope you’ve been enjoying Januray’s #SSSSS coffee as much as I have over the last few weeks...oh who am I kidding, my bag was drunk in a few days but maybe you're all a little more restrained than me! Now the time has come to roll into a new month which means #SSSSS coffee #2 of 2020 is heading your way with Royal Mail RIGHT NOW!
This time of year is 1 of my very favourite coffee times of year - Bolivians and Brazilians are just reaching us and the Central American coffees that arrived in Stafford last summer have really settled in + are tasting FANTASTIC! Your #SSSSS for Feb is a coffee I’ve been keeping hidden away with you lot in mind as it's a really rather special lot from El Sal ????????????
Stephen Leighton up at tree at Finca La Fany
Finca La Fany in the Ahuachapán Department of El Salvador has a well-earned reputation for great coffees, including coming 4th in the 2005 Cup of Excellence ???? the reputation has continued to grow in the years since then, thanks to the hard work of the owners - Carmen, Rafael and their children.
This particular lot is Orange Bourbon - nothing too complicated here, but it is rare! I mean c'mon, would you expect anything else from #SSSSS?!
Bourbon is an older varietal that lost popularity in much of Central America but was left intact in El Salvador in the 1990s. Though slightly less disease resistant and hardy than some newer plants, it gives plenty of rewards in flavour and is by far the most common varietal to be found in speciality grade lots from the country.
Where Red Bourbon is the most common of the Bourbons that you'll find, sometimes you'll see Yellow Bourbon which is a bit rarer - red has red fruit and yellow has yellow fruit, clever system eh. However, the fruit of your coffee for February is orange when ripe rather than the deep red of many other coffees so really stands out as something unique and special in the Bourbon family. Just like me in my family with my ginger strawberry blonde locks & beard!
When it comes to the natural processing, it takes a mixture of hard work and instinct to get great results and Rafael has wowed me many times over the years with this.
We’ve already had two naturally processed Bourbon lots on the website from this harvest - a Red Bourbon from the whole estate and a microlot from the Palo Alto section of the farm. Both are excellent examples of how nuanced and complex the flavours of a great natural can be.
If you tried those lots, look our for some similarities here - in particular, the unusual flavour of greengage (a kind of green plum) which I found in the Palo Alto returns in the background here. So, let me give a bit more detail on what to expect!
This coffee has a great fruit tartness to it, which reminds me of rhubarb. It could easily be overwhelming, but there’s a sweetness and texture of simple syrup which balances it wonderfully. A little kick of greengage adds complexity before the sweetness goes darker on the finish, into Muscavado sugar on the aftertaste.
Country: El Salvador
Farm: La Fany
Producers: Carmen Esteves de Silva, Rafael Silva Hoff & Family
Altitude: 1,450 m.a.s.l.
Farm size: 20.3 hectares
Coffee growing area: 20.3 hectares
Varietal: Orange Bourbon
Processing system: Natural
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