La Pinera farm is located in the Cacahuatique mountain range in Ciudad Barrios, department of San Miguel. The cup has roasted almond and wonderful mandarin orange in lighter roasts; darker roasts have more malic brightness, cinnamon stick finish, and mild chocolate notes emerging to add another layer to an already multi-layered coffee. City+ to Full City+ roast level.
City+ to Full City+. See the notes above. Be aware that these large Pacamara beans will not agitate as easily in an air roaster, so reduce batch size slightly. Best to roast manually and stop at the verge of 2nd crack.
La Pinera farm is located in the Cacahuatique mountain range in Ciudad Barrios, department of San Miguel. Indigenous peoples, the Lenca and Ul_a were established here, with its great natural resources. The region has abundant water, fertile land and dense forest in which animals like dear, tepezcuintles, and lion monkeys still live to this day. Many archeological artifacts have been found in this land as well. The Araujo Guerra Family has been producing coffee for more than a century but in the 1980s, due to the war in El Salvador, which started in Ciudad Barrios, many economic problems; unemployment and human loss blighted this area. Since the '90s, the Araujo Guerra Family started to re-build its land and decided to grow Pacamara coffee varietal. In fact, Finca La Pinera is one of the origins of Pacamaras coffee, its seeds have been spread through different areas of El Salvador and Central America, giving birth to many other Pacamara coffee farms. Due to this great achievement, Luis Alonso Araujo received a prize for Coffee Innovator Producer for Pacamara Variety in 1996.
This Pacamara coffee is different than others we have offered this year, Siberia and La Montanita. The dry fragrance has hazelnut, maple sweetness, and caramel candy. It's not fruited like the others. There's a mild apple scent in the wet aroma, but it's not a fruit bomb like Montanita. There are also sweet mulling spices (which pair well with the apple; spiced apple cider). On the break the cup has a strong roasted almond note, and this comes through in the cup flavors. Lighter roasts have a wonderful mandarin orange note, while Full City roast is more malic (apple-like) in it's brightness. The spices come through as well, cinnamon stick in particular, and especially in the finish. I think I like the slightly darker roast here, which has a more rounded body and more sweetness. The mild chocolate notes emerging at FC roast add another layer to an already multi-layered coffee.