Finca La Bendicion
Luis Alberto Balladarez
Finca La Bendición (Spanish for “The Blessing”) is Luis Alberto’s cornucopia of coffee treasures. The farm is divided into 8 parcels, and each are planted with a unique or rare coffee variety. This lot is made up entirely of the Pacamara cherry. This varietal was developed at the Salvadoran Institute of Coffee Research by crossing Pacas with Maragogipe (hence, Pacamara). Pacas is a natural variation of the Bourbon variety and provides good cup quality and good yields, while Maragogipe is a natural mutation of the Typica variety which produces comically large “elephant” beans and provides exceptional cup quality, but at low yields. Pacamara is known for having expressive acidity with a complex flavour profile encompassing everything from a honeyed body, to floral aromas, to notes of citrus and stonefruit.