Country of origin: El Salvador Region: Usulutan Farm: Escocia Farmer: Caledonia S.A Farm size: 65 hectares Coffee growing area (CGA): 46 hectares Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l. Varieties: SL-28 Process: Washed Brewing method: V60 with KONE
A Scotsman named Henry Adams Butter, who came to El Salvador from Dundee at the end of the 1800s, initially bought the farm where this coffee originates.
Escocia is the literal translation for Scotland. Henry’s granddaughter, Johanna the third generation of the family to manage the farm, now owns the farm.
The most interesting thing about this coffee is that it is an SL-28 varietal. SL-28 is usually only found in Africa, most commonly in Kenya. However, some farmers – including Johanna – have decided to experiment by planting SL-28 in Central Southern America. This coffee is a stunning example of how continued experimentation at origin can help to produce some truly unique coffees.
This is the first time in a few years that Has Bean have chosen to exclusively buy a Cup of Excellence lot. The Cup of Excellence is a stringent selection process and competition held in coffee producing countries. Around sixty of the best samples from each country are put before an international jury made up of some of the most influential coffee buyers in the world. The top ten samples are then sent to an Internet auction and sold to the highest bidder.
This coffee is exceptionally sweet and smooth, a classic quality that we tend to associate with coffees from El Salvador. However, this coffee has an awful lot of depth and complexity. It has a Cacao depth of richness that mellows into milk chocolate sweetness, it then develops into a delicious acidity of tropical fruits – papaya and star fruit.