Cafe Pacas
Cafe Pacas

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SV-128-202101 • Past harvest

Amber Specialty Blend

  • Conventional (no certification): $6.2457 USD / kgFOB

  • Origin: El Salvador
  • Variety: Bourbon
  • Process type: Honey
  • Algrano's cupping score (SCA): 83.75 points
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The coffee story

The Amber Blend is one of three types of specialty blends developed by the Pacas family at their mill, Beneficio Vivagua, since the beginning of the pandemic. Seeing the market's uncertainty and contracts being cancelled, the family decided to innovate their drying processes, hire new staff and revamp their portfolio. Part of this revamping was to create three specialty blends with efficiencies that would allow them to be marketed at more competitive prices.

The blends are:

- Saphire Blend Fully Washed Bourbon (75%) and Pacas (25%)
- Amber Blend Honey Bourbon (100%)
- Rubi Blend Natural Bourbon and Pacamara

These blends come from various farms (the family has 10 farms in total and provides services for another 10) at a minimum altitude of 1.200 m above sea level. They are SHG following the European Preparation with 0 primary defects and up to 10 secondary defects. The family also launched a line of high commercials called Familia Pacas. 

This approach doesn't mean the family moved their focus from high-quality coffee. Much the opposite. Their blends continue to yield a great cup of coffee with the sweetness and syrupy body that are characteristic of Salvadoran coffee, especially of the Bourbon variety. Famous for discovering the Pacas variety and later the Bernardina variety,  the family continues to produce a wide range of micro and nano-lots. The specialty micro-lots are separated by farm, variety and process. The nano-lots or "boutique coffees" include exotic varieties, African varieties and special processes which result in outstanding cupping profiles.

"This is the first year we will start drying coffees at the farms, where the temperature and the humidity are lower than at the mill. We installed new raised beds and changed the mesh to a silky screen, allowing the coffee to move easily and preventing the mucilage or skin to be removed during raking. We also hired a specialist in specialty projects in October 2020 to develop new protocols for our honeys and naturals and he brought lots of new ideas," says Maria Pacas. 

The process

Manual picking and hand sorting of the cherries to ensure optimum ripeness. The cherries are machine pulped and spread on the patio in a thick layer, allowing the parchment to be in contact with the mucilage for longer. This is a new approach to honeys at Beneficio Vivagua. Before this, all honeys used to be laid on the patio in thin layers and the racking process would loosen the mucilage, interfering with the process.
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  • Altitude range
    1200m - 1700m
  • Harvest period
    January, 2021 - March, 2021
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Coffee Quality Evaluation

Cupped: February, 2021
Maria Pacas
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Cupped: N/A
SCA Score
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Key flavor notes
Dried fruit, Honey, Cacao, Dark chocolate, Black currant
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Quality comment
Sweet, dense and well balanced with mild acidity, lingering cocoa-like aftertaste and a touch of spices. The body is syrupy with medium-high intensity.
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Maria Pacas

Cafe Pacas

Long tradition in coffee, professional, large lots

Our family grows coffee in multiple farms in the Western part of El Salvador within the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, a region known for its fertile volcanic soil. The Pacas variety was discovered in one of our farms, as well as the Bernardina. Some of our farms have been COE winners with coffees scoring above 90! Our mantra is "To love coffee as we love family". We watch it grow from seedling, we look after it, we nourish it with everything it needs to be its best. We cultivate and treasure our coffee. We believe in it. And when it grows and it is ready, we let it free to go wherever it wants, to all corners of the planet. Doesn't matter how far it goes and where it settles, we still feel it is part of us and we are proud of it. As a company, we are committed to providing our staff with good working conditions, decent wages and training. We also have an internal competition to motivate farm managers to increase the quality of the coffees. Read more about us here:

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Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.

Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
  • EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.

Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.

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2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:

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3. Pay 10 days after placing the order
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