Assembly Coffee - El Salvador, La Borbonera Natural
Assembly Coffee - El Salvador, La Borbonera Natural
Assembly Coffee

Assembly Coffee - El Salvador, La Borbonera Natural

Regular price $30.00 $0.00 Unit price per

Taste Notes: Chocolate + Red fruits + Vibrant.

Roast date 17 March.

  • Producer — Rodolfo Ruffatti at Finca El Salvador
  • Region — Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range
  • Terroir — 1700 masl, tropical climate
  • Process — Natural
  • Varietal — 80 year-old Bourbon

Illustrated with: Rodolfo Ruffatti

We invite people we work with to taste coffees before they're released, to help define the tasting notes that inform the brush stroke illustration for the coffee. For this coffee, we invited Finca El Salvador owner and La Borbonera producer, Rodolfo Ruffatti.

La Borbonera

We'll leave it to Rodolfo himself to give the rundown on the history of this coffee. The below is taken from his recent letter to Nick Mabey, Founder and Head of Product and Claire Wallace, Head Roaster.

'Hello Claire and Nick,

La Borbonera means a lot to me because it's a coffee deeply entrenched in my family history. When I was born, El Salvador was the fourth-largest coffee producer in the world.

But with the civil war [1979-1992], government nationalisation programmes, low prices and leaf rust, the whole Salvadoran coffee industry collapsed and now we're not even in the top 10 coffee producing countries.

During the Covid pandemic, I inherited my father's two coffee farms - Finca El Salvador and Lombardia. My father lost his parents when he was 16, so I never met my grandparents, but their 60-80 year-old Bourbons are still there.

I can touch the plants, something they planted long ago, so it's probably my most real connection to family history. Technically, on my dad's side I'm a fifth-generation generation coffee farmer.

Every year we prune the trees and they just keep coming back, producing more cherry. By now, I've decided to plant new varieties in the farms. But I will keep a small section of this old Bourbon at Finca El Salvador and I'm calling it La Borbonera [The bourbon maker]. I definitely feel the weight of history with this coffee.

From the cuppings in El Sal right after harvest, I remember it was juicier than the normal, younger Bourbon from the farm, a little more vibrant acidity.

I'm glad you guys have this coffee!'

Method

Like many of our coffees, La Borbonera can be brewed as filter and as espresso. We've been brewing Rodolfo's aged Bourbon as a pour over with the Orea Brewer. The pour over method promotes the juicy red fruit flavours Rodolfo himself enjoyed on the farm. We also suggest brewing with a french press for a perfectly balanced cup, full of smooth milk chocolate and pear notes.

Run on espresso for a cup bursting with berries and lemon acidity. We recommend 17g dose for 48g yield.

Coffees are whole bean as standard. If you'd like your coffee ground please specify for which brewing style in the notes at checkout and we'll grind fresh. 


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