El Salvador Finca Santa Petrona Washed Red Bourbon 2013


Bean name El Salvador Finca Santa Petrona Washed Red Bourbon 2013
Country El Salvador
Region District: Santa Ana
Other info Varietal: Bourbon


So this is the second year of working with Santa Petrona and it's part of the bounty I brought back from my trip in January 2012, the aim of which was to find some new and exciting things for Has Bean. I also visited them again this year as I had so much fun with the guys last time, and spent the day on the farm.

It had not been in my plans to visit this farm the first time I went there, although I had planned to spend a day with my friends Federico and Lily Bolanos. They kindly arranged for me to go for a picnic on Lily's father's farm in the Ilamatepeque mountains. The farm is situated in a part of the mountains I know well; for those who remember El Retio of a couple of years ago, Lily's father's farm is right next door to it (shares the same access road).

The farm was a new one to me and not one I had come across. I spent the day getting more and more interested in the farm; seeing the facilities, meeting some of the pickers, and seeing what great work they were doing. Lily and Federico have been helping her father and brother with some ideas of what the specialty market want and need from producers.

I also got to go to the mill, which is on the main road from Santa Ana City to San Salvador. Here again I saw organised, clean, and well run facilities, and the whole thing made for a super interesting free gift tour of a new farm.

So at the end of the tour I secretly asked Lily's brother (also called Federico - can you keep up) for a sample, and thought no more of it. Upon returning to the UK I found this sample in my bag, and although I was super impressed with the setup, I remained sceptical that a farm could just appear like this to me without any planning and ground work beforehand.

You can guess the rest as it's here, and I'm very excited by the coffee and pleased to share it.

Located on the Ilamatepeque Volcano in the Western Part of the Santa Ana District in El Salvador, the farm was founded by the Pacas Diaz Family in 1927, now in its 6th generation. The farm is spread over 25.25 manzanas – which is 17.67 hectares of land - with varietals of Red Bourbon (80%), Pacas (15%), Pacamara (5%), and is at an altitude of 1450 meters above sea level. This coffee is 100% fully washed Bourbon, and is hand picked and dried on raised African beds.

In the cup expect super milk chocolate, smooth and balanced, with a nutty aftertaste to it, that reminds me so much of the chocolate bar Lion bar. But then the acidity kicks in which is a lime cordial zing, which mellows into a floral after taste. An amazingly special coffee.

Roasting Information:
Take to the first pops of second with this get a sheen but no oils.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Chocolate, nutty, lion bar, lime cordial, floral.

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Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 8/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 8/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 8/8
Correction +36
Total 96

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