El Salvador Francisco José Remberto | anaerobic geisha x sl28
The name Francisco José Remberto honours JASAL’s teamwork as well as the collaborative efforts of all of JASAL’s partners and specially honours those in charge of Finca San Francisco, like Francisco, Jose and Remberto. Together, they led us through day one. In 2017, through their passion and vision, they introduced new African varieties like SL 28, SL34 and Gesha to our land. With this lot we also acknowledge and honour Juan Chicas, Raúl and Roció, and their time and dedication during processing. This lot is a clear example of meticulous work through all stages, from careful cherry picking, through the cold fermentation process, to the final preparation for export. We honour them all and the work they have done. Together, we are committed to offer these and more exotic varieties from our beloved country El Salvador.
- Region: Apaneca – Ilamatepec
- Producer: Andres Salaverria
- Altitude: 1500 masl.
- Preparation: combined anaerobic natural |The vessels in which the coffee cherries are fermented don’t contain any oxygen at all: The oxygen is removed when the coffee is added at the beginning of the process, and valves on the tanks keep them free from oxygen seeping in during the process while also allowing CO2 to be released as it builds up during fermentation. In year 2020 1200lt. tanks were installed on the farm to increase volume of anaerobics and decrease price.
- Variety: Geisha and SL28 | Gesha(geisha) variety was originally collected from coffee forests in Ethiopia in the 1930s. From there, it was sent to the Lyamungu research station in Tanzania, and then brought to Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Central America in the 1953, where it was logged as accession T2722. It was distributed throughout Panama via CATIE in the 1960s after it had been recognized for tolerance to coffee leaf rust. However, the plant’s branches were brittle and not favored by farmers so it was not widely planted. The coffee came to prominence in 2005 when the Peterson family of Boquete, Panama, entered it into the “Best of Panama” competition and auction. It received exceptionally high marks and broke the then-record for green coffee auction prices, selling for over $20/pound.
SL28 | is among the most well-known and well-regarded varieties of Africa. It has consequently spread from Kenya, where it was originally selected in the 1930s, to other parts of Africa (it is important in Arabica-growing regions of Uganda, in particular) and now to Latin America. The variety is suited for medium to high altitudes and shows resistance to drought, but is susceptible to the major diseases of coffee. SL28 is notable for its rusticity—a quality meaning that it can be left untended for years or even decades at a time, and then return to successful production. There are SL28 trees in many parts of Kenya that are 60-80 years old and still productive.
- Descriptors: intense fruity profile with hazelnut liqueur as dominant descriptor