||El Salvador Finca La Gloria Washed Bourbon 2016
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2016
||Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range
Number 6 of 12, June 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 La Gloria Washed Bourbon 2016
Oh hello! Fancy seeing you here! HELLO! Another month almost gone, goodness where is the year going? JUNE?! Seriously?! Amazing.
A little early again this month thanks to another bank holiday, should really have been sending you coffee next Tuesday but I thought it'd be really rather lovely if I could get your #SSSSS to you for enjoying over the bank holiday weekend! Well, that's if you're in the UK, for all my international friends there's a public holiday this coming Monday May the 30th so we get to enjoy a 3 day weekend, woooooo!
Anywho without further ado...COFFEE! This month we're off to El Salvador!
The ownership of this farm has a quite short story, however Maria Jose and her husband, Luis have both been in coffee for a while, Maria Jose represents the fifth generation of coffee growers with six years experience in quality and marketing coffee programs like Cup of Excellence®, while Luis, a new grower has a background of nearly twelve years working in the Salvadoran coffee industry as market analyst, and he used to coordinate El Salvador's coffee marketing and developed quality and educational programs. Nowadays, he keeps busy between his farm and searching quality coffees through Virmax Mesoamerica which focused on exceptional quality coffees in several Latin-American countries.
La Gloria is a little jewel previously owned by Abel Castillo, from whom they bought it in October, 2009. After a few weeks evaluating soil, vegetative tissue, extension, varietals, and investment needs, Maria Jose and Luis got to acquire this small yet special piece of land located in a well-known area for growing amazing beans. Many experts recognize the mountains surrounding Apaneca for their microclimate characteristics that have prove awesome qualities for growing heirloom and exotic varietals consistently over the years. The name "La Gloria" which in Spanish means "Glory”, was given in honor of Maria Jose's mother who is a big inspiration and supporter for this coffee-couple's endeavor.
La Gloria is a 2.6 hectares piece of coffee heaven with an average altitude of 1,450 m.a.s.l. and rich volcanic loam topped with a heavy coat of organic matter. The steep part of the farm is mostly grown to Bourbon and Pacas varietals, but it also has a flat plot or "tablon" dedicated to the exotic Pacamara varietal. Coffee grows below a canopy of ingas and other native trees, that serve as a natural habitat to a wide variety of birds, small mammals, snakes and insects. Sounds of life can be heard from every inch of the farm adding to the atmosphere and the magnificent view of the "Laguna del Espino" and the Guatemalan border mountains.
Another great aspect of the farm is its infrastructure. Water tanks and pit-digging were done amongst the cultivars to make watering and fertilizing easier, and also to prevent erosion. Some of the cultural practices being performed this year are fertilization, maintenance of windbreaker barriers, appreciative coffee pruning, stumping and trimming, shade tree pruning, maintenance of "cajueleado" or pit digging practices to collect organic matter, reduce erosion and oxygenate the land, and building a coffee and shade tree nursery for replanting during next winter.
An expanding varietal garden with nearly 65 different varietals has been planted for research and educational purposes.
Maria José and Luis got this farm and made a commitment for producing the best possible coffee while keeping its faith in hard work, innovation and experimentation. They are very proud and thankful with God because their farm has been also awarded two years in a row by CoE.
The milling process was performed at El Carmen mill in Ataco, depulped within few hours after harvesting, fully washed process with 24 hours-natural fermentation of sundried in clay patios for 20 days.
Steve what's with that picture? Where are the coffee trees and beautiful views? Or you on a farm?! Well my friends this month is a little different to usual, I know the regular deal with #SSSSS is that it's a coffee you can't get any more of and when it's gone it's gone, but I thought it was time for a bit of a twist!
This coffee is currently an exclusive coffee for a wonderful shop we supply in Manchester called North Tea Power, nobody else has this coffee and until I spoke to Wayne nobody else was going to get any, but thanks to his incredible generosity NTP are sharing some of their exclusive coffee with you lucky #SSSSS people : ) now I've mentioned Wayne I get to use 1 of my favourite coffee pictures ever...
It's got Wayne on a bench, it's got cats, it's got a tote bag...perfect!
But anyway, if you're a #SSSSS subscriber then I'm guessing it's likely you might have been to NTP on your coffee travels (because that's a thing we coffee people do, travel for delicious coffee!) and those of you who have will know what an amazing job they do. If you haven't been then WHY NOT?!?!?! Fix that soon please! They're located in the Northern Quarter and super easy to find, only a short walk from Piccadilly, social media will definitely help...
In the cup you’re going to get a lot of high % dark chocolate at the start accompanied by blueberry, if only dark chocolate coated blueberries were a thing! There’s a delicate floral edge to the cup and plenty of stone fruit, on the finish I get salted butter.
• Country: El Salvador
• Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range
• Location: Cantón San Ramocito, Apaneca, Ahuachapán
• Farm: La Gloria
• Varietals Grown: Pacas and Bourbon, and a little plot with Pacamara
• Processing Method: Washed
• Type of Shade: Pepeto, inga sp, and other native trees
• Average Annual Rainfall: 2,200 mm
• Altitude: 1,420 m.a.s.l. (average)
• Average Temperature: 20º C
• Type of Soil: loamy
• Annual Production: (69kg) 25 bags
• Mill and company where lot was process: Beneficio El Carmen, Agrícola San Agustín, S.A. de C.V.
• Fauna: Armadillo, small wildcats, agouti paca, hawks, pocket gopher, magpie, turquoise-browed Motmot, snakes, among others.
Yum right?! Drink drink drink and enjoy pleeeeease! For once I can say that if you'd like any more of this month's coffee you can have some more! But only if you go see the lovely people at North Tea Power : )
Tatty-bye you lovely lot!
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