||El Salvador Finca Noruega Belloto Washed Bourbon 2015
Finca Noruega is located in the volcanic Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, Apaneca, Ahuachapán. It consists of 27 hectares at an altitude of approximately 1,600 meters above sea level. This is quite high for Apaneca and it has an awful lot of shady trees (not trees of questionable character: trees that provide precious shade for the coffee trees). These trees make the crop mature much more slowly than some of the other farms, which means the coffee really only comes into full production towards what is thought to be the end of the season in El Salvador.
The farm grows both Bourbon, as in this case, and a small amount of Pacamara. In total the farm produces around 400 bags which is really not so big. The Belloto part of the name comes from the specific Tablón on Finca Noruega that this coffee comes from, it is located in the upper section of the farm, at approximately 1,600 to 1,700 masl.
Finca Noruega is owned by our friends Carmen and Rafael who you may recognise from the other amazing coffee farms Finca Siberia and Finca La Fany. The name for this farm is one of those amazing love stories of boy meets girl. I'll let Carmen tell the story in her words...
"This farm has a romantic tint to it. Rafael´s grandparents met in San Francisco, California, when young around the 1930s. Sara Valdivieso Borja was from El Salvador and sent to school in California; she met Ralph Hoff, another student, who came to San Francisco to study all the way from Norway. They fell in love, got married and established their residence in El Salvador after renaming the farm Noruega (“Norway” in English) on behalf of the husband Ralph. He learned to work and love the land, and he made it prosper. They had an only child, Thelma, who continued the legacy through her 5 children."
A lovely story and a lovely coffee.
In the cup this is a big milk chocolate fest, garnished with a delicate white wine acidity, that finishes on a simple apricot sweetness and acidity.
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Finca Noruega
Farmer: Carmen and Rafael Da Silva
Farm size: 27 hectares
Coffee growing area: 27 hectares
Altitude: 1,600 - 1,700 m.a.s.l.
Processing system: Washed
Medium Dark, anywhere just before or into second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Milk chocolate, creamy, white wine, apricot.
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