Speckled Ax

El Salvador Pacamara

Location: Portland, Maine

Origin: Chalatenango, El Salvador

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $25.00/12 ounces

Review Date: December 2018

Agtron: 55/75

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Fruit-forward, crisply sweet. Peach, grapefruit zest, hazelnut, molasses, oak in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure with round, gentle acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. The resonant finish centers around notes of peach, grapefruit zest and oak.


This coffee tied for the fifth-highest rating in a tasting of holiday coffees for Coffee Review‘s December 2018 tasting report. Produced by Rodolfo Huezo Pineda entirely of the Pacamara variety of Arabica. The Pacamara is a big-beaned hybrid of the Bourbon-related Pacas and the huge-beaned Maragogipe, a mutant of the ancient Typica variety. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Speckled Ax is a roaster based in Portland, Maine, specializing in high-quality certified organic and small-lot coffees. The company roasts in a vintage wood-fired Petroncini roaster with the goal of highlighting each coffee’s best attributes. Visit www.speckledax.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A washed-process Pacamara cup that leads with bright stone fruit notes, balanced by bittersweet citrus zest and aromatic wood.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2018 tasting report: 2018 Holiday Gift Coffees

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