El Salvador Finca Argentina Washed Yellow Pacamara 2021


Bean name El Salvador Finca Argentina Washed Yellow Pacamara 2021
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2021


Welcome to November! With the nights drawing in, we're on our penultimate secret stash coffee of the year and it seemed just the time to bring out a bit of sunshine in a cup!!

This month's coffee comes from El Salvador and from one of our longest and closest producing partners - Finca Argentina. Owned by the Martinez family, we were contacted by Alejandro many years ago, looking to find a home for his coffees which would pay fairly for what he believed were coffees which were being undervalued. He wasn't wrong.

We love Alejandro's coffees, which consistently deliver the sweet milk chocolate and fruit profile which we love from El Salvador (and has made it a country we buy lots of coffee from for use in espresso as well as filter). Most of the farm is planted with Bourbon, but you'll also see Portillo (a local mutation of Bourbon) and lots of Catimor - both of which produce great results in their particular areas of the farm.

Alejandro is a curious producer - having spent a lot of his time working outside the coffee industry, he often looks for inspiration from other producers and places. As part of this, Finca Argentina has an extensive seed garden, where different varietals are grown to see how they do. There are lots of unusual varietals in there, but the one you have this month is super unusual - Yellow Pacamara.

Coming from the Mierisch family in Nicaragua, Yellow Pacamara is a very recent mutation of the more common Red Pacamara. We've been lucky enough to enjoy Yellow Pacamara from the Mierisch family over the years, and if you have too you might remember the unique flavours which can be found - yellow fruit (lemon, grapefruit and apricot are common) but also moving into more unusual directions, like lemongrass and fruity hops.

However, Finca Argentina is relatively low altitude, and no one was sure how Yellow Pacamara would actually do (except Alejandro, whose confidence was undiminished). To balance this out, the highest spot on the farm was chosen - an area called San Jorge. To be honest, there was a chorus of disappointed groans when we first heard the news, as the existing Bourbon plants there had to be ripped out. Our favourite lot from the farm, it's been a sad couple of years not to have anything from that piece of land. We weren't convinced the Yellow Pacamara would be as good - the Bourbon had set a high bar.

Well now Alejandro gets to be smug - this is the first harvest of Yellow Pacamara from San Jorge and he's proved us all wrong. It's excellent. Think zingy fresh lemons mixed with super juicy and ripe mandarine oranges. There's a hint of that citrusy, herbal, hops like character I mentioned, but it's in balance with the full fruit sweetness which dominates the cup.

We hope you enjoy being the first to taste Alejandro's brave experiment and that you agree with us that it was worth the wait (and that this lovely, juicy citrus cup of coffee brightens up November for you!)

Country: El Salvador
District: Ahuachapán
Municipality: Ahuachapán
Nearest city: Turin
Farm: Finca Argentina
Tablon: San Jorge
Owner: Alejandro Martinez
Altitude: 1,300 m.a.s.l.
Varietal: Yellow Pacamara
Processing method: Washed

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