Aroma:8.5Syrup, Red Apple
Body:8.0Buttery and Silky
Flavor:9.0Apple Cider, Swiss Chocolate
Aftertaste:9.0Caramel Red Apple, Honey, Gentle Swiss Chocolate
A syrupy, red apple aroma leads to a strong flavor of apple cider and suggests pomegranate in the cup. Its crisp acidity gives way to a lingering honey finish.
Eight years ago, Finca Los Planes became our first Direct Trade
farm. The Matazano Lot was one of the first that we ever featured in the partnership and it continues to be one of our favorites. The Pacamara varietal is a hybrid of the traditional and flavorful Pacas varietal and the giant, high production Maragogype varietal and was first bred in El Salvador in 1958. It's large cherries produce a coffee, that when roasted properly, feature similar flavor characteristics to the Typica varietal.
On our first visit, it was clear to us their commitment to quality and sustainable practices. They have been engaged in multiple sustainable initiatives over the last few years. Most recently, Finca Los Planes installed a new water recovery system to protect the water supply and purify the water before being released back into the ecosystem.
Last year, Jeff and Maritza were able to visit, survey the farm and it's new water recovery system, and work with Producer Sergio Ticas to further improve the quality of Pacamara from this Lot. Together with Sergio and Manuelito, the Farm Manager, the most skilled coffee pickers were hired to ensure the cherry selection was carefully managed. The picked coffee was then hand sorted, leaving only the deepest, darkest red cherrys to make up the Matazano Pacamara Micro-Lot. The results of this meticulous process
produced amazing results in the cup.
We were also delighted to feature Sergio at our Flatlanders Barista Cup competition last year. Sergio presented a lecture about his farm and sustainability practices to the barista teams and was a great influence on the competition as a whole.
Flatlanders Barista Cup 2012