El Salvador Finca Santa Petronas Red Pacas 2013


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


So this is a first year, brand new coffee for Has Bean. 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.

It was not in my plans to visit this farm, 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 last year, 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 before hand.

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 red Bourbon, and is hand picked and dried on raised African beds.

So in the cup expect sweet milk chocolate and a lovely nutty quality to it. The best description I can come up with is of a Lion Bar, and in espresso it's so clear. When you brew it into a longer drink you get some acidity coming through, which can only be described as lime juice; not sour and sharp, but like lime cordial: sweet and sticky and in harmony with the chocolate.

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.

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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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