Creamy and sweet! Aromas of purple grape, cinnamon sugar, and cooling pine invite you to slow down and take a sip. We found notes of dark chocolate, grape, and cashew in the cup. The creamy body carries a yellow apple sweetness and slightly tart tangerine acidity. The finish reminded us of prune, dark chocolate, and cedar.
Producer: Sergio Ticas
Farm: Finca Los Planes
Altitude: 5,330 feet | 1,625 masl
Notes: Purple Grape, Dark Chocolate, Cedar
Pacamara is a hybrid of the flavorful Pacas and the giant, high-production Maragogype varieties that was first bred in El Salvador in 1958. Its large cherries produce a coffee that, when roasted properly, features complex fruit notes and a creamy mouthfeel.
La Muela is a special sorted Pacamara lot from the El Matazano, Cerro Los Tamales, and Auracarias farms at Finca Los Planes. After the coffee has been depulped (the inner bean separated from the fruit) it is sent through a criba drum to remove the parchment, or hull. This nanolot consists of the parchment coffee that is too large to pass through the criba drum. Sr. Ticas believes these beans are produced when the Maragogype genes segregate themselves from the Pacas genes in the Pacamara hybrid. The beans have a molar-like appearance, hence the name “La Muela.”
Sergio Ticas and his wife, Isabel, became our first Direct Trade partners about 15 years ago. On our first visit it was clear to us their commitment to quality and sustainable practices is top priority. They have been engaged in multiple sustainable 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 being released back into the ecosystem.
We are proud to have partnered with Finca Los Planes on many projects to help out their community and improve the farm since 2007. Supporting the surrounding community—many of whom are coffee pickers at Los Planes—with medicines for the local clinic and uniforms for the football team have created a solid foundation of trust between the farm and the community. Everyone in the community has a vested interest in a successful harvest each year.