1400 - 1500 masl
Finca Noruega is planted with a range of varieties, from bourbon to gesha, and is located in the Ahuachapán mountain range in the west of El Salvador. This farm is part of the Los Naranjos group headed by Sigfredo Corado, a retired professor of Agronomy from the National School of Agriculture. Finca Noruega is part of the Renacer Program (Reborn in Spanish), which is a technical coffee field school and educational program for producers in the area to learn about better farm management practices. This program is funded by Raices (Roots) and supported by Catholic Relief Services in El Salvador.
The Technical field school is led by Sigfredo and 6 field technicians, to help small to medium producers in the area by focusing on best farm practises that are restorative for the land and soil, as well as beneficial for the yield and quality of the coffee. The field school is based at Finca Noruega, where there is a class held twice a month for the students. Throughout the year there are 3 modules which look to focus on the 4 R's the program have developed for soil health: right source, right dose, right place and right moment. This year, the school has 60 students, who work the test plots where they can implement the knowledge gained in class before applying it to their own farms.
This lot is made up solely of bourbon that was picked selectively before being taken to the wet mill and drying beds at Beneficio San Rafael, located between the two hills of El Pilon and Cerro Aguila at 1450 miles above sea level. Here, the bourbon is washed and floated before being fermented in barrels for 48 - 72 hours depending on the pH. The coffee is then laid out on drying beds for between 25 - 30 days, where it is moved every hour until ready and dried between the hours of 8am and 2:30pm.
In 2020, Finca Noruega placed 15th in the COE (Cup of Excellence).