El Salvador San Rafael Natural Red Bourbon 2012


Bean name El Salvador San Rafael Natural Red Bourbon 2012
Country El Salvador
Region Santa Ana
Other info Varietal: Red Bourbon


In its second year with us, and another of our direct trade coffees. This is a coffee we happy to see back (and we also have some more options to go with it)

First cultivated in 1905 by the father of the present owner, Don Fransisco Alberto Pacas Figueroa, San Rafael lies at the top of his estate at an altitude of 4,400 feet in the canton of Palo de Campana, and is located near to the city of Santa Ana, close to Ochupse Arriba.

The owner experimented with many varietals of in his nurseries but found that the Bourbon variety in San Rafael continually produced the best coffee. His son continues to experiment with new varieties of coffee to this day.

On the farm you can find papaya trees, banana trees and a variety of national flora and fauna including the famous Balsamo trees. The coffee is shade grown and all the maintenance is done by hand (weeding, etc) rather than via the use of chemicals. As much as possible they try to re-use the waste produced via the processing of the coffee for fertilising their crops.

The coffee is hand picked and then sorted by hand to remove any waste or unsuitable beans before going to processing, this provides employment for a number of families in the area during the picking season.

I was lucky enough to visit the farm during this years harvest. Its funny but I found out that I have passed this farm around 5 or six times in past years on visits to El Salvador, and it was on the route to a really famous farm we have bought from (and very close).

We did our normal walk around the farm checking out conditions of plants and of workers conditions, things like that. The talk wandered to the varietals on the farm, which I thought was 100% bourbon (as this coffee is), but they told me they also grow a small amount of pacas (see the other coffee we offer).

In the cup expect chocolate covered raisins that have been soaked in sherry. A surprising boozy acidity mixes with milk chocolate and dried fruit. This is an amazingly clean Natural.

Roasting Information:
This one is a medium roast, no more. Into the first pops of second if you must, but no more.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Chocolate, choclate raisons, sherry, boozy acidity, clean.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 90

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