El Salvador – El Borbollon
£7.00 – £26.50
Dark chocolate notes and nectarine aftertaste, makes this coffee a delightful pour-over. It has a bright “acidity” (liveliness in the cup), excellent balance and a buttery-mouthfeel.
Farm: La Reforma & Santa Maria
Varietal(s): 100% Red Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed and sundried on clay patios
Altitude: 1,400 to 1,500 metres above sea level
Owner: The Alvarez Family
Town: Santa Ana
Region: Santa Ana Volcano (Apaneca-Ilamatepec)
Country: El Salvador
Total size of farm: 55 hectares total
Area under coffee: 51 hectares total
Prizes: Reforma: 3rd – El Salvador COE, 2011
The Alvarez family has been growing coffee in El Salvador for a century and over four generations. Their award-winning farms are located on the lush green hills of Santa Ana, in the west of the country, whose rich volcanic soils and mild climate provide ideal conditions for growing coffee. The beans, which comprise El Borbollon, come from two small neighbouring farms – La Reforma and Santa Maria. They are manually picked and collected in traditional hand-woven baskets from December until March. Only the best, fully mature coffee cherries are selected.
Finca La Reforma and Finca Santa Maria were established by Rafail Alvarez in 1892 on the rich, humid slopes of Santa Ana Volcano. Originally from Colombia, Don Rafael came to the region with some of his best coffee seeds and began a new legacy of coffee production. Four generations later, the Alvarez Diaz brothers manage the farms, which are planted exclusively with red burbon variety coffee trees, despite recent upheavals with leaf rust.
El Borbollon mill is managed by Eduardo Alvarez, whose father passed down his technical skills. Of the 15 high-altitude farms, 10 have won places in the Cup of Excellence and 4, including La Reforma the COE Presidential Award for scores of over 90 points.
Coffee beans are pulped without water and then fermented for 16 – 20 hours until peel fermentation is achieved. The coffee is then washed in clean, fresh water to remove the mucilage. The parchment coffee is then placed onto the expansive patios and dried in the sun and regularly turned by hand.
Clay patios are used as they have superior endothermic properties (absorption of heat) than concrete and thus regulate temperature much better. The coffee beans are dried for 9 to 10 days in this way and the slower drying time seems to improve the cup quality.
The meticulous attention to detail shown at every stage of production – from harvesting to wet milling to cupping – has enabled the family to continue through the struggles of the past 20 years.
Orders without Coffee
All orders for coffee accessories (anything other than coffee) will be dispatched the same day if ordered before 2pm. Most orders will be delivered within 2-3 working days from when the order was placed.
Orders with Coffee
To make sure your coffee is fresh and packed full of flavour we order the coffee from our roasters as and when the orders are placed; you won't find any stock of coffee in our warehouse! Because your artisan coffee is freshly roasted this means it may take a little longer for your orders to arrive at your door. We allocate 5 working days for all orders containing coffee. It will be worth the wait - trust us.
The process team at Coffee Tasting Club do not work over the weekend (yay!) so any orders placed between Friday after 2pm and Sunday will be processed on the following Monday.
International orders (without coffee) are usually processed and dispatched the same day if ordered before 2pm. Anything ordered after 2pm will be processed the next working day. International orders (with coffee) will take a little longer to be dispatched. All coffee is roasted fresh to order so we allocate 7-10 days for deliveries outside of the UK.
We ship all International orders on a first class international service but as we're shipping from the UK please be aware that your order may take up to 7 working days after dispatch before it arrives with you.
All UK orders (unless specified) are sent on a 48-hour service via Royal Mail at a flat rate of £3.50.
First Class/24hr delivery is charged at a flat rate of £4.95.
Next Working Day delivery (if ordered before 2pm) is charged at a flat rate of £6.50.
Orders over £35 qualify for free UK delivery.
All International orders are sent via DHL's Global Mail service. The price of international shipping depends of the total weight of the order and will be calculated at the basket. Our current rates for international delivery are as follows:
Orders under 700g = £6.50
Orders 700g-1kg = £8.50
Orders 1kg-1.25kg = £9.95
Orders 1.25kg-1.5kg = £12.50
Orders 1.5kg-2kg = £15.95
In the unfortunate event that you are unhappy with your purchase or your package has arrived in an unsatisfying condition then we have a 30 day guaranteed return policy. The item must be unused and still in its original packaging
Upon returning your item please make sure to include proof of purchase, such as your packing slip and we'll honour your request by either sending out a replacement or refunding you for your purchase. Replacements and refunds are only guaranteed for customers who are within the 30 day notice period which began on the day that the order was placed.