This sweet, nutty coffee tastes like fall in a cup. Expect marzipan and cinnamon aromas followed by notes of starfruit, cocoa, and caramel when sipped. The body is beautifully silky, with Fuji apple acidity and a pecan-tinged finish.
Producer: Sergio and Isabel Ticas
Farm: Finca Los Planes
Region: Chalatenango Department
Altitude: 5,750 feet
Notes: Marzipan, Starfruit, Swiss Chocolate
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 5,700 feet. Cooler nights at high elevation slow coffee cherry maturation, creating a deeper sweetness in the processed bean.
First bred in El Salvador in 1958, Pacamara is a hybrid of the traditional high-production Pacas variety and the giant, flavorful Maragogype variety. Its large cherries produce a coffee that when roasted properly features deep sweetness, complex fruit notes, and a creamy body.
Sergio Ticas and his wife, Isabel, became our first Direct Trade partners in 2006, following their second-place finish in El Salvador Cup of Excellence. On our first visit it was clear to us that their commitment to quality and sustainable practices is top priority. They have engaged in multiple sustainability initiatives over the last few years—most recently, Finca Los Planes installed a new water recovery system to protect the local water supply and purify water before releasing it back into the ecosystem.