||El Salvador Finca Nejapa Hamburgo Washed Bourbon 2018
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2018
||Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range
Number 2 of 12, February 2018, in the #SSSSS 2018 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: El Salvador Finca Nejapa Hamburgo Washed Bourbon 2018
Hola and welcome to the second #SSSSS of 2018! As February rolls around, I’ve got what is now my annual buzz of excitement – I’ve just come back from visiting Central America!
In January each year I take a trip to see what’s happening at the amazing farms we work with in Central America (and of course to hang out with good friends like Alejandro of Finca Argentina fame and eat my own body weight and possibly more of Pollo Campero!!!)
I started my trip in El Salvador – and yes, I saw Ernesto who grew that delicious Los Andes SL28 you drank last month! It’s always exciting to talk to Ernesto and I can tell you everything is looking set for more delicious coffee to come.
After El Salvador, I went to Guatemala and Costa Rica in a few days. Phew!!! Even talking about it makes me feel tired! I always want to cram as much as I can into my time visiting these amazing places, so I’ve come back with loads of information and ideas and loads and loads of excitement for the new harvest. I promise you’re going to hear lots more from me in the future about stuff I learnt on the trip, but for now, lets get on to this month’s coffee!
Normally I’d be changing things up after last month’s great Salvadorian coffee, but actually this month we’re going back to El Salvador again. Coffee is a seasonal product that ages and changes and right at this moment, I think these coffees from El Salvador are at their peak – so we’re going to get on and drink them now.
In the middle of this picture is Gloria Mercedes Rodriguez Fontán. I first met her in 2009 and she’s been an inspiration to know. She’s a fourth generation coffee producer (her great grandparents planted their first coffee trees all the way back in 1815!!!) and even though we don’t speak the same language, you can tell how proud she is of her family and their farms. Over the years, she has grown and expanded her coffee production, adding new farms when she saw potential (her farms include San Jose and Lagunita, which both featured in last year’s #SSSSS).
Her farms grow mostly Bourbon (as is common throughout El Salvador), but also “Elefante”, which was first spotted on San Jose some years ago now and is a regular favourite of ours. Gloria decided to plant Elefante seedlings on another of her farms, Finca Nejapa, and see how it would do there. The answer was very well...so well that it took third place in the Cup of Excellence competition last year!
But what about us, I hear you cry??! Well, you have a coffee not just from Finca Nejapa, but from Hamburgo, the area of the farm where that winning CoE lot was grown. This is a washed process Bourbon from this same, very new, section of the farm (named, as you might have guessed, after a certain German city…).
For those of you interested in how we’ve roasted it, it’s a Medium-Dark, through the first crack phase and taken pretty quickly up towards second crack – but dropped out just before you get there. That helps emphasis the crisp, clean character of the coffee.
In the cup it’s super elegant, with fruit sweetness and a sparkling wine acidity. There’s zingy grapefruit juice in there as well, but the finish is long and smooth, pulling you back in for another taste.
Country: El Salvador
Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range
Farm: Nejapa, Hamburgo
Farmer: Gloria Mercedes Rodriguez Fontán
Altitude: 1,480 – 1,580 m.a.s.l.
Processing system: Washed
"Quick Look" Guide:
Elegant, sparkling wine, grapefruit juice
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