||El Salvador Finca Noruega Natural Bourbon 2017
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). This makes the crop mature much more slowly than some of the other farms: this 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.
It's 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.
I remember on my last visit sitting with Carmen and Rafael (a rare treat as Rafael is normally tied to the mill) and enjoying some time just chatting to them. It was a rare insight into two people working a business and farm together. You could see after many years of marriage what a great team they are and how in love they remain, I felt hugely privileged to spend that time with them and on the beautiful farm.
We sat we watched the picking, we watched the village below which is visible from the vista of two huge rocks we sat on, we laughed, we talked deep stuff, and then I got to zoom off back to the mill on Rafael's amazing ATV off road buggy, very very fast (very very fun!) I love these guys and I love this coffee.
In the cup this is a big but silky coffee, with a massive very heavy body that's full of sultanas. Also think lower percentage dark chocolate and a little apricot on the finish.
• Country: El Salvador
• Department: Ahuachapán
• Municipality: Apaneca
• Farm: Finca Noruega
• Tablon: Amate
• Farmer: Carmen and Rafael Da Silva
• Farm size: 27 hectares
• Coffee growing area: 27 hectares
• Altitude: 1,500 - 1,550 m.a.s.l.
• Variety: Bourbon
• Processing system: Natural
• Location: Latitude: 13.845794 Longitude: -89.809667
Medium Dark, just up to the start of second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Sultana, dark chocolate, apricot, massive body, heavy
Note: Cupping Scores for Clean Cup, Acidity, Aftertaste & Balance are all actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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