El Salvador Los Planes Pacamara by Torreo Coffee Roasters Review | CoffeeReview.com
  • Torreo Coffee Roasters

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • El Salvador Los Planes Pacamara

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2006
Origin: El Salvador Price: $34.95/12oz

Blind Assessment: Chocolate and citrus on the break. Regal acidity, complex flavors of chocolate, citrus and herbs. A powerful, intense and demanding cup. Haunting, persistent finish. Perfect roast of this especially challenging bean. What great coffee is all about.

Notes: A prize winner in the 2006 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed second out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 93.52 from an international jury. Produced from trees of the Pacamara variety at an elevation of approximately 5,300 feet by farmer Sergio Edmundo Ticas Reyes on the Los Planes farm. While El Salvador is rightly famous for consistently producing excellent coffee from the traditional Bourbon variety of Arabica, it has lately become famous for a smaller production of high-altitude pacamara (a cross of the large-beaned Maragogipe variety with the local variety Pacas). Torreo Coffee Roasters is a Philadelphia-based small-batch artisan roasting company specializing in high-end coffees brought to light to medium roast levels designed to foreground the character of the green coffees. Visit www.torreo.com or call 888-286-7736 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Anyone who can find it and afford it.


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