Ep. 803 El Salvador Argentina Los Mangos Natural Bourbon

Milk chocolate, orange, dried apricot, pineapple.

Finca Argentina is separated into 7 areas or 'tablons', these are approximately 6 hectares in size each, but some are smaller due to their location and other landscape characteristics:

  • The highest tablon is San Jorge at 1,300-1,360 masl. This is 2 hectares in size and was replanted with Yellow Pacamara 4 years ago.
  • Fincona 2 is the most productive tablon at a size of 8 hectares, sitting at between 1,250-1,300 masl.
  • Fincona 1 is 4 hectares, sat at 1,200-1,250masl. The coffee plants here are intercropped with macadamia nut trees which are in the process of being replanted in 2020.
  • Guachipelin is 6 hectares in size, and in 2016 was replanted with H1, Yellow Bourbon, Icatu and a small amount of Kenya/SL-28.
  • Los Mangos (where this coffee is from), also 6 hectares, is the location of a volcanic vent with boiling mud areas!
  • Piletas is 6 hectares large and is also being replanted in 2020. This is the lowest area of the farm at about 1,150 to 1,200 masl.
  • 4 Manzanas (3 hectares in size) were replanted in 2018 with Portillo (a Bourbon hybrid).

Los Mangos is in a slightly higher region of the farm and produces consistently good quality coffee. With hot steam vents in this region of the farm, the slightly different soil seems to have a subtle impact on the coffee, with it generally scoring slightly higher in blind tasting than Bourbon from the other sections.

Creamy melted milk chocolate fills the mug first. A delicate orange note adds balance whilst a little shoulder of dried apricot and pineapple on the finish add complexity.

Farm Information

  • Country: El Salvador
  • District: Ahuachapán
  • Municipality: Ahuachapán
  • Nearest city: Turin
  • Farm: Finca Argentina
  • Tablon: Los Mangos
  • Producer: Mauricio Martinez
  • Dry mill: Los Ausoles
  • Elevation: 1,300 m.a.s.l.
  • Variety: Bourbon
  • Processing method: Natural
  • GPS: 13°56'29.4"N 89°47'04.1"W

Further Information

Tasting notes: Milk chocolate, orange, dried apricot, pineapple.

Cup of Excellence Cupping Scores

  • Clean cup: (1–8): 6
  • Sweetness: (1–8): 7
  • Acidity: (1–8): 6
  • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
  • Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
  • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
  • Balance: (1–8): 6.5
  • Overall: (1–8): 6
  • Correction: (+36): +36
  • Total: (max. 100): 86.5

Roasting Information
Medium-dark - once you're through first, keep this going steadily up to the edge of second crack, looking for the first pops of second just as you finish the roast.