Release #9: El Injerto Pacamara 2017

    It is certainly no exaggeration to describe El Injerto as one of Latin America's most remarkable coffee farms. Located in the famous Guatemalan producing region of Huehuetenango, El Injerto possesses a threefold dedication: to coffee quality, environmental responsibility and increasing the quality of life for its employees and those living around the farm. The first coffee farm to become carbon neutral certified in Guatemala, and the source of multiple 1st place winning lots at the Guatemala Cup of Excellence Competition, El Injerto is a specialty coffee champion on many levels.

    Passenger was honored to present this incredibly nuanced expression of the pacamara variety, purchased at El Injerto's annual auction, on the Reserve Lot menu back in 2017. As with many of our favorite coffees over the years, we set aside a small amount of this lot in our frozen archive to roast and enjoy at a later date. Revisiting it in 2021 confirms our fond memories of this coffee as a remarkable example of plant genetics, terroir, and processing converging to create something truly spectacular.

    In the cup, this fresh roast of the 2017 El Injerto Pacamara presents an incredibly complex flavor profile in an elegant, gentle manner. Varied tropical fruits on the nose lead into a cup characterized by palate coating caramel sweetness and refreshing flavors of raspberry and guava on the finish.

    Freezer Fridays

    The Freezer Friday archival release series provides a unique new opportunity to explore Passenger’s treasure trove of notable harvests from the past. As those familiar with our approach to green coffee preservation will already know, we have actively stored our green coffee in an off-site deep freeze facility since our start as a company, keeping the coffees that we purchase in pristine condition following arrival.

    While the majority of Reserve Lot coffees that we buy sell out within months of their first appearance on our menu, we have, since our start in 2014, saved small volumes of many of our most extraordinary coffees for future enjoyment. 

    Inspecting the harvest at Gesha Village Estates

    Selecting gems from the past at Passenger’s off-site freezer archive

    This year we will begin to make a few of these “greatest hits” available for purchase in extremely limited quantities. Each release will be announced through Social Media and limited to 1 per order.

    The archival lots that we will be releasing in this way are not only shining examples of plant genetics, terroir, and skilled processing, they also offer a unique nostalgic opportunity: to revisit our previous experiences with these coffees and acknowledge once again some of the true high-water marks of producers whose coffees we have been privileged to taste over the years.

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