Jorge Raul Rivera - Pacamara Honey
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | CHALATENANGO, EL SALVADOR
NOTES | RED JOLLY RANCHER, WINEY, PANELA, MILK CHOCOLATE
We love it when a producer can take a particular coffee variety and use innovative processing methods to explore new flavors we didn't think were possible. J. Raul Rivera does just that with his high elevation grown and processed Pacamara variety in Chalatenango, El Salvador.
The Pacamara variety is typically known for its huge seed size and flavor. While the size of the seed can be impressive and surprising, many people find the typical Pacamara flavor unpleasant. It can tend towards the savory side of things and some people have even described the flavor as being similar to onions. Some people really love these coffees, but what Raul can do with his Honey and Natural process lots gets us excited!
Kyle Ramage (Green Buyer and Co-Founder of B&W) is able to communicate directly with Raul over Whatsapp to negotiate on pricing and volume for this coffee. This coffee was moved with the help of one of our importing partners, Ally Coffee. Kyle and Raul go way back, having met at an SCAA training course in California around 2017. Since that meeting, Raul has gone on to win 1st place in the overall Cup of Excellence for El Salvador with a similar coffee to this one. Kyle was even lucky enough to taste Raul's COE-winning coffee - served by the 2018/2019 El Salvadorian Barista Champion while in Amsterdam for the World Barista Championships. If you know Kyle, you know he does not dish out compliments without reason, and this espresso remains one of the best shots he has ever tasted.
We are super lucky to be able to share our first of three lots of Raul's coffee with you. This Honey Lot #105 is one of the producing team's top picks to send to the COE competition. Dark, ripe cherries are pulped and added to raised beds to dry for 35 days in the sun. Some of the fruit which remains on the coffee seeds ferments as it dries and produces a lovely winey characteristic.
We also taste bright, red, fruity sweetness like a red jolly rancher. There is a rich sweetness to this coffee that reminds us of Panella, and the cup finishes with smooth milk chocolate flavors. We have another Honey process lot of Raul's coffee as well as a Natural lot coming, so you can look forward to more exciting Pacamara coffee from El Salvador!
Producers | Jorge Raul Rivera
Process | Honey
Variety | Pacamara
Elevation | 1850 masl