El Salvador Menendez Pacamara Finca Las Delicias

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El Salvador Menendez Pacamara Finca Las Delicias

16.75

Certification: Direct Trade, Rainforest Alliance

Region: Apaneca-Ilamapatec Mountains, near Ataco town

Farm: Las Delicias

Elevation: 1750 meters

Process: Fully Washed and Sun Dried

Varietal: Pacamara

Roast Level: Medium Light

Flavor Profile: Baker's chocolate, tangerine, exotic floral, herbal, buttery richness. Delicious!

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One of our favorite coffees, this Pacamara is one of the juiciest, most flavorful coffees you’ll find. A unique hybrid varietal of the Pacas and Maragogype seed strains, Pacamara trees generate more foliage and less yield than other varietals. Therefore fewer trees are planted and only about 4000 bags are produced worldwide each year!

This is another Direct Relationship coffee from our friend, Miguel Menendez, and his family. We visited each of their small farms this harvest season, cupping about 40 lots at the Beneficio (which processes only Menendez coffee). This Pacamara lot was planted at the highest point of Finca El Delicias on a steep slope that gets the perfect amount of sunlight. Of all their amazing coffee, this was a standout on the cupping table and as we picked a few ripe cherries off the trees and popped them in our mouths.

Miguel Menendez Sr. carries on his family’s coffee farming tradition of four generations, personally overseeing every detail of his award-winning farms and beneficio, or ‘coffee mill’. A true family business, his sons Miguel and Guillermo handle all exporting relations directly with Evans Brothers and other top roasters in the U.S. and Europe.

The native forest, in which their coffee is grown, rises to 1900 meters along an extinct volcano that provides heavy bird canopy and home to abundant wildlife. Only the ripest cherries are hand-picked, with each lot carefully marked so that every bag can be traced exactly to where it was harvested.

The Menendez’ wholly owned, state of the art ‘beneficio’ handles every aspect of processing. (Most Central America farms process through a central beneficio, where it’s  impossible to provide traceability to the specific farm level).  Sustainable best practices are used- environmental, economic, and social. Workers are paid more, and resources are poured into the community, as evidenced by sponsorship of the youth soccer team and a new school.