El Salvador Finca Colomba Bourbon Semi Wash

  • Country: El Salvador

    Region: Chalchuapa, Santa Ana Department

    Farm: Finca Colomba

    Farmer/Grower: Mario Valiente / José “Fofo” Adolfo

    Variety: Bourbon

    Processing: Semi Wash

    Altitude: 1500 m.a.s.l.

    Humidity: 11.1 %

    Density: 1.15 g/ml

    Harvest Date: February, 2021

    Arrival Date: August, 2021

    Grade: SHG

    Marks: 009/0334/0002-S21

    SCA Cupping Score: 85.0

  • Caramel fragrance, cherry in aroma, flavors of butterscotch, caramel, graham cracker and pomegranate with a smooth aftertaste that leaves a lingering cinnamon note. Mellow acidity reminiscent of cherry and oranges and a syrupy body all come together to bring a really well balanced cup profile.
  • Beast at the darker end of a light roast up to a full dark roast. The coffee has a great range and excellent sweetness. Stands out on its own, but would also fortify any blend with sweetness and body.

About the coffee:

The semi-washed process employed by Mario Valiente involves receiving the freshly picked cherries and introducing them into a water tank for several hours. The floated cherries are then moved to the depulper to remove the skin and fruit of the cherry. Once removed, the coffee will go through a demucilager that uses very minimal water to remove most of the mucilage on the parchment. After the coffee has been “semi-washed”, the parchment is intentionally left in a fermentation tank with no water for 8-12 hours before finally making its way to the raised drying beds, where Don Mario slows the speed of drying down to 15-20 days on the beds. 

Finca Colomba has been in the Adolfo family for 3 generations. In 1949, Adolfo McEntee inherited two properties from his family in the Cordillera de Llamatepec, on the slopes of the Santa Ana Volcano. At this time, Don Adolfo began planting Bourbon coffee trees at Finca Colomba and Finca San Francisco. Don Adolfo’s son, José Adolfo MCentee Batlle inherited the farms and continued the legacy before passing down to his son “Fofo”

After having been kidnapped twice during the civil war throughout the country, José Adolfo emigrated to Miami with his son and left the management of the farm to Mario Valiente, owner of Finca Calera. In 2014, Mario Valiente built Colomba’s dry mill so the farm has direct control over every step of the process from farm to export. Great care is taken preparing each coffee for exporting and 10 women, who are heads of their households, oversee the final quality check through manual sorting.

Finca Colomba grows Yellow Caturra, Red Caturra, Sanpacho, Gesha, Pacas, Cuscatleco, Red Bourbon, Pink Bourbon and some Kenyan varieties were recently planted. The rich volcanic soil and elevations over 1,500 meters above sea level, come together for ideal growing conditions. Mario Valiente implements multiple processing methods at the wet mill including carbonic macerated and anaerobic fermented naturals, traditional naturals, honey, fully washed, semi-washed and more. Each process is tasted and stored according to the cupping result. The farm permanently employs 80 people and up to 210 people from nearby towns during the picking season. Aware of the need in the surrounding communities, Finca Colomba supports schools in the area, hosts medical conferences to provide accessible healthcare and distributes toys to children during the Christmas season.

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