El Salvador. José Edgardo Gutierrez
Farm: Finca San Nicolas
Region: El Túnel, La Palma, Chalatenango
Altitude: 1600 masl
Finca San Nicolás is a 5-manzana farm planted with Pacas and Pacamara coffees. For his Honey lots, farmer José Edgardo Gutierrez picks the coffee ripe, depulps it, and puts it on raised beds to dry for 15–20 days.
The Pacamara coffee varietal is a creation of the Salvadoran Institute for Coffee Research (ISIC) back in 1958, which resulted from the crossing of Pacas and the Maragogipe varietals. The Pacas varietal was beneficial due to its high resistance to diseases and the small stature of its trees, making picking and managing plantations much easier. The Maragogipe is a mutation of the Typica varietal. The Maragogipe trees grow very tall in size and they produce some of the largest coffee seeds. This varietal does not produce high yields but the cup quality is remarkable. The crossing aimed to combine the best of these two qualities. Released by ISIC in the 1980's it is grown primarily in El Salvador, where it frequently dominates Cup of Excellence competitions for high cup quality.