El Salvador Finca La Illusion Natural Bourbon

This Sunday we will be preparing a very unique coffee from El Salvador for the Super Secret Sunday Syphon Society.

Country of origin: El Salvador

Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range

Farm: 3.5 hectares

Varieties: Bourbon

Process: Natural

Brewing method: Syphon

This coffee comes from a farm called La Ilusion that borders one of the most important national parks in El Salvador, known as 'Los Andes'. The farm sits on the Santa Ana Volcano and is packed with dense pine and cypress forest, both of which provide La Ilusion with a very unique micro-climate.

La Ilusion was bought by a man named Ernesto in 2006 and has coffee trees averaging 19 years of age. Ernesto ensures that the farm is run using environmentally friendly practices in order to support the unique surroundings which form part of a natural fauna corridor that is crucial to migratory and native birds.

This coffee was used by the 2011 World Barista Champion Alejandro Mendez, and Steve Leighton - head of Has Bean Coffee - says it is one of his top three coffees of all time. It's easy to see why; it has incredible notes of creamy strawberry milkshake, red velvet cake and spicy liquorice.

Although we often choose delicate, clean and elegant coffees for our Syphon offerings at Brew Lab, this coffee represents an entirely different proposition. It is an intense, full bodied natural that has incredible body and a resonant finish. We are sure our customers will love this prized and distinctive coffee as much as we do.