In this comparative tasting box we are putting forth two coffees, not only of impeccable craftsmanship, but also of impressive pedigree.
The Pacamara variety can, in its best form, present a subtle umami character that makes for a complexity of flavor and fullness of mouthfeel unknown in other varieties.
Montecarlos, in Apaneca, El Salvador, is no less than the very first farm to commercially cultivate the Pacamara variety. In the mid-1980’s, when Carlos Batres was moving home to El Salvador from London, he happened to be coming into some land, inheriting the Montecarlos farm. As the fifth generation to steward this land he had a vision far larger than what the farm had been in previous generations. Excited by the new variety, Batres planted much of Montecarlos in Pacamara. Carlos and his with Julie continue to produce the Pacamara variety, along with Bourbon, Caturra and Catuaí. Passenger is honored to present the work of such a meticulous and dedicated producer.
The other Pacamara lot in this comparative tasting box comes from one of Latin America’s most famous coffee farms, El Injerto, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The first carbon-neutral certified farm in Guatemala, El Injerto is impressive on many fronts. This lot, which was purchased through their esteemed annual auction, is a remarkable example of plant genetics, terroir and processing converging to create something truly spectacular.
This Comparative Tasting Box includes two five ounce bags of coffee and information on the two lots presented.