EL SALVADOR FINCA LAS VERANERAS NATURAL
Region: Apaneca Llamatepec
Altitude: 1,400 masl
Variety: Red Bourbon
Tasting notes: dried mango, chocolate covered pineapple, stewed berries
This is our first purchase from our new friends at Tierra Bendita Coffee. They are a family run operation, producing coffee on their own farms and sourcing coffee from a few of their neighbors, then handling all processing and export logistics. There is meticulous quality control and processing for their natural and honey process lots, and they offer single variety lots as well! We opted for the Red Bourbon natural as it has a distinct stewed fruit quality that we love. Similar to the recent Costa Rica Tirra in that it is very tropical, with notes of pineapple, guava, and dried mango up front with a milk chocolatey vibe throughout and creamy body that helps those chocolate covered berry notes to linger through the finish.
A bit of history trivia: The farm name (Veraneras) comes from the Spanish word for the Bougainvillea plant which is native to South America and which made its way northward into Central America as an ornamental. This plant now grows wild all over the world. The first European to describe these plants was Philibery Commerçon, a botanist accompanying French Navy admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville during circumnavigation of the Earth. It is possible that the first European to observe these plants was actually Jeanne Baré, Commerçon's lover and assistant who was an expert in botany. Because she was not allowed on ship as a woman, she disguised herself as a man in order to make the journey and thus became the first (European) woman to circumnavigate the globe!