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El Salvador Finca Matalapa Peaberry

The cup is bright and at light roasts has a nice, bracing orange acidity, laced with floral qualities, lemony, cinnamon note, malty grain sweetness, light body, and a high-toned, refreshing flavor profile. Darker roasts have a very nice sweetness and balance between roast taste, brightness and body. City+ to Full City.
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87.8
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade SHB/EP
Appearance .0 d/300gr, 16 PB Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City
Weight 1 LB
Finca Matalapa is a classic estate coffee, long before there were mini-mills and micro-lots. It has a complete independent mill to service the farm, from the tree through wet-processing, patio drying, hulling and preparation, to loading the coffee in jute bags and packing the shipping container. The mill is filled with fantastic, classic coffee equipment painted in bold colors. And it's the passion of the owner, Vickie Ann Dalton de Diaz, and the love of archaic machinery on the part of her husband that keeps the mill running and the coffee tasting so wonderful! Finca Matalapa is in the Libertad area, not far from the capital of San Salvador, on a west-facing slop ranging from 1200 meters up to the ridge top at 1350 meters. It's not the highest farm around, but the coffee cups out so well. It's a 4th generation coffee estate totaling 120 hectares and was founded in the late 1800's by Fidelia Lima, great grandmother of the Vickie. She maintains 14 acres of virgin tropical forest and keeps her coffee plants shaded with over forty varieties of larger trees. The cup has the character I aspire to find in El Salvador Bourbon-type coffees, though because of the strong winds in the area they find the native Salvador Pacas varietal to fare better in this region. Pacas is a natural mutation of the Bourbon varietal.
This coffee has great balance and sweet accent notes. The dry fragrance has sweet praline, honey and orange notes at City+, and a raw sugar sweetness at Full City roast. You can find the same sweet, mild citrus in the wet aroma, with almond and toffee sweet scent, with a piney hint too. The cup is bright in the light roasts, with a nice, bracing orange acidity, and laced with slight floral qualities. As it cools my lighter roasts (City+) became more and more bright and dynamic, lemony with a cinnamon note and malty grain sweetness. Light roasts have a correspondingly light body, but it fits the high-toned, refreshing flavor profile overall. I preferred this roast level for brewed coffee; the finish is high-toned. But the FC roast had a very nice sweetness and balance between roast taste, brightness and body. But if you like a more bittersweet cup with softer acidity, FC roast works great too. Overall this Peaberry lot is the brighter, livelier version of the Matalapa flat bean coffee, and excellent brewed in a vacuum pot, dripper or Technivorm. It's a very small crop again this year, and Vickie could produce only 6 bags of peaberry for us this year. But still, we are excited about the cup quality of this coffee.