Today has been the El Salvador cup of Excellence. I love this auction its probably my favorite auction of them all. El Salvador have it all, great coffee perfect varietal mix (I love there bourbon) great people.
Last year we bought a great orange bourbon from a farm called Alaska which is owned by Ernesto. Ernesto has been a regular mention on this blog ever since, as we kept in touch via email and he sent me loads of pictures of the farm and the coffee as it progressed. On the latest trip I got to meet him at the awards evening and he was as lovely as I expected and genuinely a nice guy.
He’s standing there with his winning certificate as Ernesto won this years competition with his other farm.
Now so often I dont think the number one is necessarily the best coffee, they are normally distinctive but not my favorite. But in this case on a blind table it was amazing and was head and shoulders above other coffees. So amazing I’ve called some friends to see if we could create a buying group. With the help of our importers who phoned some of there friends we were able to secure this amazing lot. This broke the record for El Salvador becoming the most expensive coffee from COE to leave those shores. Its also the highest price we have ever paid for a coffee, and its worth every penny. I hope when it arrives you think the same too.
In the cup I got Fruit Salad with pineapple and lovely citrus acidity. Complex aftertaste with a lovely buttery and velvet like mouth feel. I ran what I had left from the cupping through our Clover and was blown away. I just wish I had some more to run through the espresso machine.
On my trip to El Salvador I got chance to visit the great farm and you can see the pictures at the link here
And my favorite picture from that set here.
A great day for Has Bean its days like today that make me realize what a great job I have being able to secure these wonderful coffees. So pleased.