El Salvador La Divina Providencia Kenya Natural
For a third year we have been able to secure a small amount of what would seem to be one of the most elusive coffees from El Salvador.
From producer Roberto Ullua, who's been producing amazing coffees for years comes a natural processed ‘kenya’ variety grown at 1750 masl. As expected it was not certain how much and when this coffee would come but, it is stunning as usual with notes of stewed red berries, 60% chocolate and sweet dried fruit.
Located in Palo Campana on the Santa Ana Volcano, Roberto's farm - La Divina Providencia - is producing great coffee, for the most part due to his extensive knowledge of plant management techniques and biology but also the unique micro-climate.
Rodolfo Batlle, who specialises in coffee production and import from Colombia and El Salvador imported this coffee and not only that, he processed it too. It was fermented on raised beds straight after picking each day without first ‘floating’ the cherries to find defects. This technique means there’s more work to be done sorting the coffee at the dry mill, but Rodolfo thinks it keeps more of the juices and micro organisms in the cherry, which is a plus for the flavour.
The Kenya variety we mentioned is a bit of a tricky one. It is a variety that has grown there for a long time and the locals know it as Kenya. Some say its SL28, but no one is quite sure….. yet. Story has it that a hunting expedition in Africa brought some seeds back and they were planted. At some stage later they were ripped out, but rescued by Don Vicente, who planted them and took cuttings. The plants were never pruned and there now stands a pretty large coffee tree on his farm. These trees were propagated though and so it is believed that every ‘kenya’ variety plant that exists now came from these plants.
Well it’s a great tasting variety whatever it is!