Finca Miravalle is owned by Luis Duarte, and is located in Apaneca, Ahuachapan, not too far from the Santa Ana volcano. Miravalle is about 1500 meters above sea level, and is only planted in Pacamara. It's part of a much larger group of tablÜnes, a few of them demarcated by cultivar separations, and the larger plots a mix of cultivars. Duarte has kept his farm planted in Bourbon and Pacamara for the most part, despite the susceptibility to leaf rust. Many farmers are replanting with disease resistant varietals, but Luis Duarte has chosen to continue with these cultivars because of the commonly held belief that they taste superior to Catimors, and he manages to prevent leaf rust and fungal outbreaks with good farm practices (proper space between plants, regular pruning, cleaning beneath the trees, directive spraying, etc). Miravalle is only a few hectares in size, and is perched on the verdant slopes of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain region. This lot is the result of a new coffee project in the region by one of the local mills, their goal being to identify the top qualities from farmers they already buy coffee from. These coffees are then kept separate throughout the milling process, and sold as an individual microlots as opposed to being lost to large blends.
Miravalle Pacamara has a lemon-like brightness that shines in the cup, a characteristic we found surprisingly tangy in lighter roasts, and one that sees a cap on my roast recommendation at City+. Don't get me wrong, this coffee's sweetness holds up to darker roasting, and body has a silky quality that builds with roast development. But the City and City+ roasts are where unique tea and citrus flavor notes are unlocked, herbal accents, and subtle fruited notes too, that at Full City and beyond are all but lost. There's an herbal candy note in the hot brewed coffee that reminds me of horehound hard candies. For those of you not familiar, horehound has a flavor that's sort of a cross between licorice and root beer. The underlying sweetness is like raw sugar, which compliments a nutty almond brittle note. Lemon comes up immediately, and a tart lemon juice note springs from the cooling cup, fading to a candied lemon peel flavor. Miravalle has a complex flavor compound, somewhat atypical for the origin, though understandable from the Pacamara cultivar.