El Salvador Finca Limoncillo Delicate Yellow Pacamara Petites 2017


Bean name El Salvador Finca Limoncillo Delicate Yellow Pacamara Petites 2017
Country El Salvador
Region Matagalpa
Other info Varietal: Yellow Pacamara – petites selection


Steve loves Pacamaras and every time he comes back from Central America he seems to have found a new one. They can be really hard to work with, but can have simply great flavours. The Yellow Pacamaras grown on Limoncillo have great floral and citrus notes, and you get great depth, sweetness and body too when you combine them with Eleane Mierisch's delicate natural processing.

If you'd like to find out more about the Yellow Pacamara varietal, Steve wrote a great article about it; you'll find it in the 'varietal' section in the resources tab above. Just in case you'd like a direct link, here you are:


So, petites ...

During processing, coffee is often sorted by size and the 'petites' are the beans that fall below a certain sizing grade. When Steve was tasting this year's harvest, Eleane suggested he tasted those petites separately. He was so excited by the flavours that he asked for them to be bagged as a separate lot, and then when we were working through quality control they kept shining on the table.

I think this coffee ties well into trends expressed through projects like Dan Barber's wasted pop-ups earlier this year at Selfridges; sometimes there are diamonds where we least expect them, and the challenge is staying open to them.

This coffee is only available as roasted whole beans in 250g bags.

In the cup ... well, I'm going to give you the three main descriptors I used in my performance, and if you'd like to watch it yourself then you can do so via the following link -> https://vimeo.com/221106030

Blackcurrant, stewed plums, clean cacao finish.

Country: Nicaragua
Municipality: Yasica Norte
?Region: Matagalpa?
Farm name: Limoncillo
Farm size: 171 manzanas (hectares)
Coffee growing area: 109 hectares?
Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.?
Varietal: Yellow Pacamara – petites selection
Processing method: Delicate natural

Roasting Information
The roast is a quick roast: lots of charge, temperature, and heat; and lots of heat early on before first crack. It's completely counter-intuitive to roasting a Pacamara normally, but this helped raise the acidity of the final cup whilst keeping the natural sweetness and body that the natural gives.

"Quick Look" Guide
Blackcurrant, stewed plums, clean cacao finish.

Cupping notes

Clean cup None/8
Sweetness None/8
Acidity None/8
Mouthfeel None/8
Flavour None/8
Aftertaste None/8
Balance None/8
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Correction +None
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