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Finca San Rafael Los Naranjos, Juayua, El Salvador


Finca San Rafael Los Naranjos, Juayua, El Salvador

from 15.75

The El Salvador coffee industry has recovered from decades of war and civil unrest to produce some pretty nice coffees, most of which come from smallholder farm operations. One outcome of the war in the 1970's and 1980's was the transfer of land to these smallholders from a landed class that had owned most coffee operations - and everything else - for the better part of a century. While this has been accompanied by a dramatic decline in the volume of coffee traded, and hasn't entirely delivered on the social promises of such events, it has had the serendipitous effect of significantly improving the quality of what coffee is produced and exported. The use of high quality heirloom varietals like Bourbon and Pacamara, and best-in-class Central American terroir and climate, sets the stage for some fine coffees that make great espresso blends, and in many cases, great pourover coffees too.

This coffee from Finca San Rafael exhibits a lot of simple caramel and molasses-type notes, with an underlayment of sugary citrus. Overall, a very pleasant everyday cup. We'd recommend avoiding immersion-style brewing, as the delicate notes tend to get lost, but it's great for espresso, and any pour over process.

Producer: Finca San Rafael Los Naranjos

Region: Juayua, Sonsonate Department

Country: El Salvador

Elevation: 6000 feet

Varietal: Bourbon, Pacas

Attributes: Tangerine, Caramel, Brown Sugar

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