Cherry and lime with a soft berry fruit finish. Tangy SL28 acidity shines through.
This SL-28 is the second in the series of coffees from the El Borbollon mill in the Apaneca Ilamatepec Mountain Range, Santa Ana, El Salvador. The mill processes coffee from surrounding farms as well as their own and this is from their 'premium' farm La Reforma. It is owned and managed by the Alvarez family whose name is synonymous with high quality.
The Alvarez family has been growing coffee in El Salvador for over 100 years and across four generations. Their award-winning farms are located on the lush green hills of Santa Ana, in the west of the country, whose rich volcanic soils and mild climate provide ideal conditions for growing coffee. The family owns several farms and also the renowned Borbollon Mill, where this lot was processed. All lots are hand-picked and collected in traditional hand woven baskets from December until March by pickers who have been specially trained to select only the best and fully-mature coffee cherries.
Until very recently most of the coffee trees on La Reforma were Red Bourbon. This lot is an exclusive Kenyan SL-28 variety, a recent endeavour from the Alvarez family seeking higher quality coffees and diversity of profiles. SL-28 is one of the iconic Kenyan varieties and offers unique characteristics to the cup that is many a coffee lovers favourite (mine included). Bright berry fruits and high acidity with a winey tang. World Coffee Research classify SL-28 as the most well-known and well-regarded varieties of Africa. These plants are only grown at the highest altitude on the farm and treated very similar to how a regular Kenyan coffee would be. In addition the soil here is also similar to Kenya - volcanic sandy loam with low PH.
Our friends at Nude Coffee Roasters in London directly source their El Salvador offerings from El Borbollon and this year decided that they would offer some of the premium green purchases out to other roasters including this SL-28. Only 4 sacks of this incredible coffee were produced. Lucky for me I know the head roaster well and he let me book 2 of those sacks. Not quite an exclusive but it's pretty close.
For the last three years El Borbollon have hired Luis Rodriguez , Q-Grader and Cup of Excellence judge to be their quality control manager. For this years crop they also hired Lucia Solis, a fermentation designer, expanding their knowledge and expertise further.
Fully washed, pulped and dry fermented
Dried on raised beds for 15 days in the shade.