This year we brought in a lot of coffee from Emilio’s aunt Vickey. Her farm, Finca Matalapa was established by her great-grandmother Fidelia Lima in the 1800’s and has been passed down through the family for 6 generations now. Today it covers about 120 hectares, including 14 some acres of tropical forest reserve with over 40 species of trees planted across the farm. The land is situated in the Libertad region along the southern coast of El Salvador. Even though the altitude of Matalapa is a litter lower than some, the cool ocean breeze from the coast keeps it cooler, mimicking the climates of higher elevations.
The farm is planted with traditional varieties: Red bourbon, Yellow Bourbon, and Pacas. This lot is Bourbon of the red variety. If you are familiar with the Red Bourbons of Emilio’s farm el Manzano, you’ll be surprised at the differences in cup profile between Libertad and Santa Ana. You’ll find this cup is more fruit forward, with blackberry as the prominent flavor. Behind this note lies a floral character like black tea, and aftertaste of sweet, earthy vanilla bean.
We purchased a sizable lot, so this should be with us for most of the year. Enjoy.