El Salvador San Rafael Washed Bourbon 2013


Bean name El Salvador San Rafael Washed Bourbon 2013
Country El Salvador
Region Santa Ana
Other info Varietal: Bourbon


This coffee is in its third year with us, and is another that comes from the fruits of my travels to El Salvador. This is a coffee we are happy to see back (and we also have some more options to go with it - go check out the Pacas lot we have too). 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. It is located near to the city of Santa Ana, close to Ochupse Arriba.

The owner experimented with many varietals in his nurseries but found that the Bourbon variety of 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 with chemicals. They try to re-use the waste produced from the processing of the coffee for fertilising their crops as much as possible .

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 have been lucky enough to visit the farm a few times now. It's funny, but I found out that I had passed this farm many many times in the past and just not noticed it. The farm is on the route to a few really famous farms we have bought from, and is in one of the best corridors of coffee in the world.

In the cup, think Werther's Original sweets and great mouthfeel. It has a melted butter type of mouthfeel, along with hazelnuts and chocolate.

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, melted butter, hazelnuts, Werther's Originals aftertaste.

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Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 8/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 93

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