||El Salvador Finca Noruega Yellow Honey Bourbon 2017
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2017
Number 7 of 12, July 2017, in the #SSSSS 2017 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: El Salvador Finca Noruega Yellow Honey Bourbon 2017
Hi there everybody, yes I know - "what time do you call this?" : (
OK so I'm sorry, really really sorry, things are a little late : ( I wanted to send this coffee out on Friday and I was supposed to be sending this coffee out on Friday but sadly this coffee didn't arrive on Friday : ( it was due to arrive here at Hasbean Towers on Friday so we could then roast + post all the bags out but sadly it didn't turn up, I then did a lot of chasing over the weekend to make sure it got here today and WOOHOO here it is!
As standard I want #SSSSS coffees to arrive with you on or before the 1st of each month and I think this is the first time in the 3 years of #SSSSS that a coffee has gone out late and I'm really really sorry : ( I didn't want to just sub in another coffee on Friday and go against what I wanted to send so I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me for this lateness.
This month we're staying in El Salvador and even staying in Ahuachapán but moving over and away from Ale to Carmen and Rafael Da Silva at Finca Noruega.
I love Carmen and Rafael, and I have a special place in my heart for La Fany, one of their larger farms. But Noruega is far closer to my heart.
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.
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 name Noruega actually comes from a bit of a love story, I think it's best explained by Carmen...
"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."
In the cup this coffee is a nutty delight, there are walnuts and pecans just jumping all over the place! It’s a really smooth coffee with a great body and an aftertaste of dark chocolate.
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Finca Noruega
Farmer: Carmen and Rafael Da Silva
Farm size: 27 hectares
Coffee growing area: 27 hectares
Altitude: 1,610 m.a.s.l.
Processing system: Yellow Honey
Location: Latitude: 13.845794 Longitude: -89.809667
There you have it folks, I'm sorry it's a little later than normal this month but thank you very much for your patience, I really really hope it's worth the wait when you get to take your first sip of this delicious coffee.
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