Panama Baby Pacamara Natural - 12 oz.
Tasting Notes: Brûlée'd sugar, milk chocolate, pink grapefruit.
In the Cup
The Pacamara varietal of the coffea arabica species is grown widely throughout Central America and is prized for its complexity of flavor and prominent acidity. This coffee is an excellent representation of type, displaying crisp grapefruit-like acidity and full body. We've chosen to lightly caramelize the coffee in the roasting process to preserve its signature acidity, resulting in toasted marshmallow and milk chocolate notes to balance the prominent fruit character.
Origin & Producer
Ricardo Gonzalez and his family have been growing coffee at Finca Clavito de Oro since the 1940s. Set in the famous coffee-growing region of Boquete, the farm is located on the slopes of the Baru Volcano, the highest mountain in Panama. Volcanic soils provide an ideal growing environment for coffee as they are rich in all of the essential nutrients that support the plant's growth and also offer superior drainage.
This offering from the Gonzalez farm is truly a one-of-a-kind. They began growing the Pacamara varietal in the early 2000s and recently experimented with separating out the fruit of the youngest plants. This is a practice that we have never seen prior to receiving a sample of this lot. The results are compelling, with the fruit of the young plants displaying more complexity and sweetness than their older counterparts.
This coffee was milled and exported by our friends at K&R Specialty Coffee. We had the opportunity to host a K&R team member, Tony Ruiz, at our roastery this summer as part of his participation in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. This wonderful program places entrepreneurs from throughout Latin America with businesses and non-profits in the U.S. to build lasting networks of young entrepreneurs and business and social leaders. Tony introduced us to many of his coffees, but this one stood out to us as a truly unique project that yielded strong results in the cup.