El Salvador Ahuachapán Finca Las Ninfas Pacamara.
Bright/tart, clean fruity passionfruit, mango, strawberry, honey. Background cocoa/herbal.
This microlot comes to us from Finca Las Ninfas (The Nymps), which is owned and operated by third-generation coffee farmer Ricardo Valdivieso and his family. This is a microlot and we WILL run out.
This hybrid “Honey” processed coffee is in many ways very similar to a pulped natural or semi-washed, the coffee cherry’s skins have been mechanically removed by a depulper, but some of the flesh of the fruit was allowed to remain on the seed.
Rather than fermenting in a tank to remove the mucilage, the coffee was taken directly into the sun to dry. The result is an extraordinarily flavorful coffee that retains some of the nicest qualities of both the fully washed and cherry-dried processes.
Consider your desired flavor profile fairly flexible with this coffee. You can be gentle or aggressive with heat. A longer roast produces less acidity, but with the same sweetness and flavors at the same color.
This coffee is sourced from Finca Las Ninfas which is located near the town of Apaneca within the department of Ahuachapan, El Salvador. It is the sister farm to Finca Santa Leticia, and companion lot to some other unique Pacamara coffees including a dry-processed and wet-processed version.
Ricardo’s grandfather purchased the land in 1870. Finca Las Ninfas was passed down to Ricardo during a time of great turmoil in El Salvador’s history. At the peak of conflict in the 1980s, Ricardo came face to face with a firing squad in defense of his family’s land. He was not shot but spent many years in exile before he was able to return.
Today, Ricardo works with his daughter, Monica, to protect their groves of bourbon and pacamara varietals from leaf rust.
In addition to coffee, Ricardo and Monica operate a beautiful hotel and restaurant at their other farm called Finca Santa Leticia, names after his wife. Mayan artifacts that Ricardo’s father discovered on the property have also been preserved as an archaeological site for visitors to enjoy.
The cool climate and the volcanic soil of these plantations located at the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range combine to produce large bold beans with a warm exotic fruitiness overlaying a crystal clear rich acidity. Fed by generous tropical rains and nurtured by a rare and ancient Mayan soil, the mild coffees of Altamira boast a fragrant aroma and pleasant aftertaste. The soil is sandy loam and volcanic rock (Really, a volcano blew up not that long ago!)
The cool climate and the volcanic soil of these plantations located at the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range combine to produce large bold beans with a warm exotic fruitiness overlaying a crystal clear rich acidity. Fed by generous tropical rains and nurtured by a rare and ancient Mayan soil, the mild coffees of Altamira boast a fragrant aroma and pleasant aftertaste. The soil is sandy loam and volcanic (Really, a volcano blew up recently!)Santa Leticia is located near the Ilamatepec cinder cone Volcano in the Apaneca Ilamatepec region of Northern El Salvador.