El Salvador Los Pocitos - Exclusive Micro-Lot

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El Salvador Los Pocitos - Exclusive Micro-Lot

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This coffee represents a milestone here at White Pine Coffee. While we have procured some amazing coffees over the past three years, including some Cup of Excellence winners, this natural pacamara from Los Pocitos is the first coffee that WPC bought the entire harvest. This exclusive micro-lot exemplifies so many things that we look for in a single origin coffee. Superior genetics, first class farming practices, meticulous harvesting and processing, and it all shows in the cup.

For all of the 'spro heads out there ('spro is third wave for 'espresso') we are thrilled to say that the head of brewing here at White Pine Coffee (WPC) is raving about this coffee as an espresso, we encourage you to put it through the paces.

Tasting Notes: Notes of tropical fruit, melon and cherry. Syrupy sweetness, lively aromatics and cacao. Medium body and smooth finish.

Roast Profile: Medium Roast

Origin: El Salvador

Region: Chalatenango

Farm: Los Pocitos

Variety: Pacamara

Processing: Natural

Altitude: 1,600 masl - 5,250 ft.

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Finca Los Pocitos is located in the foothills of the mountains that surround the town of San Ignacio in the Chalatenango region, at a height of 1,600 masl (5,200ft). Ignacio Gutierrez Solis owner and farmer of Los Pocitos won the prestigious Mug Cup of Excellence in 2015 for having obtained first place in the Cup of Excellence® competition for 3 consecutive years.

Ignacio Gutiérrez Solis’s farmland has grown considerably since he started growing coffee 10 years ago: He now has 18 manzanas (40 acres), each planted with about 3,000 trees which are mostly Pacas, Pacamara, and SL-28 varieties. He employs different processes: washed, honey, and natural, and he dries his coffee on both patios and on raised beds, depending on the process and the climate. Like many producers in this area, his farm has struggled with a little bit of coffee-leaf rust disease, but it is getting better.

This micro-lot offering is a natural pacamara, which is a genetic hybrid from the natural mutated bourbon variety pacas and the naturally mutated typica variety maragogype. This produces an extremely large bean size (19+ screen size) often called an elephant bean.  Pacamara is at its best grown above 1,300 masl (4,000ft). Pacamara beans are prized for their medium body and extremely balanced flavor profile but are not abundantly planted due to their relatively small yields, increasing their rarity.

We at WPC think this bean is best when processed using the honey process (a form of pulp natural processing) or the natural process to elevate the sweetness. Washed and honey processed pacamaras are more common than naturals so when we saw this natural offering, especially from a high elevation award winning farm, we bought the entire lot. This offering has substantial notes of tropical fruit and cocoa and is one of the most nuanced flavor profiles we have ever encountered. Roasted to a beautiful light-medium roast level to accentuate the tangy acidity and ample sweetness we feel this offering is truly unique and a perfect addition to the White Pine Coffee family.

This is the first time WPC has purchased an entire lot from a farmer and plans are being made for a WPC visit to Los Pocitos in early 2018 as well as having the opportunity to purchase this lot again in the years to come. This is our first long term direct trade farm relationship and we could not be more proud to share that with Finca Los Pocitos and the Gutierrez family.