Country: El Salvador
Varietal: 100% Bourbon
Process: Fully washed and dried on patios
Altitude: 1100 - 12500m above sea level
Region: Apaneca Ilamatepac mountain range
Flavours: Raisin, Chocolate, Orange
Finca Lorena lies at between, 1,150 to 1,250 metres int he foothills of El Salvador's Santa Ana. Owned by Renato Arturo Silva, whose family have been farming at the Finca Lorena for three generations. Renato inherited the farm and much of his vast coffee knowledge, when his father passed away in 1990.
The farm extends over twenty hectares, all of which is planted out with Pacamara, Typica, Bourbon and Catimor coffee trees, which grow in the traquil shade of native forest trees. Almost three hectares of Renato's farm is dedicated to the Pacamara varietaland the rest is an even mix, with a strong presence of the beautiful Bourbon trees that contribute to this particular lot.
Renato always seeks to farm in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way. He uses a minimum of chemical fertilisers and herbicides and enriches the soils at Finca Lorena with organic matter. Much of the compost comes as a by-product from the coffee processing, to ensure his trees have all the necessary nutrients for healthy growth. The farm also collects its own supply of rainwater using tanks and drainage channels.
Renato raises his own seedlings inb the farm's nursery, and selects the best seeds from the strongest plants to establish his seedlings. He is currently undergoing a prject to replant the farm's older Typica lots with new, more productive Bourbon trees. Renovating his plantation in this way not only maintains high quality and productivity, but the young plants will have a greater natural resistance to disease and plagues such as coffee leaf rust.
During the harvest, coffee cherries are handpicked when fully ripe. They are then pulped , fully washed and dried in the sun on the patios at the farm. The coffee is allowed to rest in parchment until immediately prior to export.
This lot is of particularly high quality, which results in the most delicious tasting coffee. Definite notes of orange, combined with rich raisin flavours are present. A gorgeously smooth coffee that you would expect from this Central American region.