El Matazano is a unique example of the Pacamara variety, with a mouthfeel that is a bit juicy rather than creamy. Pineapple and marzipan dominate the aroma, leading to notes of pineapple and caramel when brewed. Navel orange acidity and a soft body give way to a slightly sweet and mouth-filling aftertaste with notes of red bean paste and milk chocolate.
Producer: Sergio and Isabel Ticas
Farm: Finca Los Planes
Region: Chalatenango, El Salvador
Altitude: 5750 feet
Notes: Pineapple, Milk Chocolate, Marzipan
Over the last decade, El Matazano has become one of our favorite micro-lots. It is a beautiful example of the Pacamara variety and one of the first lots we ever featured from Finca Los Planes. Husband and wife producers Sergio and Isabel Ticas grow this coffee at the highest elevation on their farm, over 5700 feet. Higher elevations tend to have cooler nights which slows coffee cherry maturation, creating a deeper sweetness in the processed bean. The Pacamara varietal is a hybrid of the traditional and flavorful Pacas variety and the giant, high production Maragogype variety and was first bred in El Salvador in 1958. Its large cherries produce a coffee that when roasted properly feature complex citrus notes and a creamy body.
Sergio Ticas and his wife, Isabel, became our first Direct Trade partners 16 years ago. On our first visit it was clear to us that their commitment to quality and sustainable practices is top priority. They have been engaged in multiple sustainability 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 releasing it back into the ecosystem.