El Salvador Finca Noruega Washed Bourbon 2014


Bean name El Salvador Finca Noruega Washed Bourbon 2014
Country El Salvador
Region Apaneca
Other info Varietal: Bourbon


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."

So a lovely story and a lovely coffee. In the cup expect the “lovely” to continue with a lovely nutty flavour alongside caramel and toffee tones. It's all mixed in with an interesting honeycomb-like aftertaste. Cadbury's Crunchie meets Dairy Milk Whole Nut.

Farm: Finca Noruega
Farmer: Carmen and Rafael Da Silva
City: Ahuachapán Region: Apaneca
Country: El Salvador
Farm size: 27 hectares
Coffee growing area: 27 hectares
Altitude: 1,610 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Bourbon
Processing system: Washed
Location: Latitude: 13.845794 Longitude: -89.809667

Roasting Information
This one is great at medium roast to medium dark. Anywhere after first crack and around into first pops of second.

"Quick Look" Guide
Sweet, toffee, caramel, honeycomb, nutty, Crunchie, Dairy Milk Whole Nut.

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Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 92

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