El Salvador Finca Santa Petrona Washed Red Pacas 2013


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


So this is our second year of working with Santa Petrona and this coffee is part of the bounty I brought back from my trip in January 2013, the aim of which was to find some new and exciting things for Has Bean. I also visited them again later 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 skeptical 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 Pacas, and is hand picked and dried on raised African beds. This is the second farm after San Rafael that was planted with Pacas, and has some of the oldest examples of this varietal. It also just works in this area of Santa Ana so so well.

In the cup expect melted milk chocolate, smooth and sweet, with a chewy mouthfeel and an effervescent sparkling acidity that reminds me of white wine. Another example of amazing coffee from this amazing farm.

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

"Quick Look" Guide:
Melted chocolate, smooth, sweet,chewy mouthfeel, sparking white wine acidity.

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Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 8/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 92

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