El Salvador Finca San Cayetano Red Honey Bourbon 2017


Bean name El Salvador Finca San Cayetano Red Honey Bourbon 2017
Country El Salvador
Region Ahuachapan
Other info Varietal: Bourbon


In the early 1920s Arturo Silva bought land located in Apaneca, Ahuachapán, and planted coffee trees on one of the highest summits of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range. He named the farm San Cayetano. Years later it was inherited by Luis Arturo Silva. He was the father of Rafael Silva, the current owner.

San Cayetano is a 15 hectare 100% Bourbon farm that sits at 1,500 metres above sea level in Ahuachapán. The Bourbon plants were planted fifty years ago. Bourbon is a traditional varietal in El Salvador, and it's one I am always pleased to see. Among its attributes are the vigour and strength of its branches and the volume of its foliage, but most of all it just grows really, really well in that region.

The name Rafael Silva might be a familiar one to lovers of El Salvadorian coffee. Rafael and Carmen are the owners of one of my favourite coffee farms, La Fany. They also own the Siberia farm, and we have bought from them for many years.

I first came across coffee from San Cayetano on a visit to El Salvador a few years ago. Rafael and Carmen very kindly gave me a day of their time and took me to see their lovely new mill and to cup some coffees. This was one of the coffees that jumped off the table at me. It's an outstanding example of what Carmen and Rafael can do, and so I knew I had to have it.

In the cup expect a really silky coffee that’s full of redcurrants and brown sugar, with cherry and chocolate on the finish.

Country: El Salvador
Department: Ahuachapán
Municipality: Apaneca
Farm: San Cayetano
Farmer: Rafael and Carmen Silva Hoff
Farm size: 15 hectares
Coffee growing area: 15 hectares
Annual production: 17,000 kg
Workers: 50 during the peak harvest
Average temperature: 18 °C
Average annual rainfall: 2300 mm
Altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l.
Processing method: Red Honey
Varietal: Bourbon

Roasting Information
Medium dark – just into the start of second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide
Redcurrant, brown sugar, cherry, chocolate.

Note: Cupping Scores for Clean Cup, Mouthfeel, Flavour & Aftertaste are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 87

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