From our friends that produce El Salvador Finca Malacara, we bring you another Direct Trade offering, Las Mercedes Pacarmara. This Pacamara has won the prestigious Cup of Excellence competition twice and this is our 3rd year purchasing this coffee.
Pacamara is a coffee variety that was developed in El Salvador. A cross between the Maragogype and Pacas varieties, these beans are very large in size!
Finca Las Mercedes has been devoted to coffee growing since the late 1940’s. The farm is located in Tacuba and has “El Imposible” national forest as its neighbor. The legend says that in the early 20th century, coffee growers transported their coffee by mule, from the farms in the north to the Acajutla port. The trip from Las Mercedes Aconcagua was a perilous one; Aside from the harsh topography, there was a precipice that interrupted this journey. The Pacamara trees are grown at 1,350 meters above sea level.
The people built single rope bridges, that in many occasions did not hold their weight. Many people and animals lost their lives transporting their precious cargo.
The farm's inaccessibility also rewards it with a breathtaking view of the landscape including the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range and even the Pacific Ocean. Las Mercedes' coffee trees are on average 27 years old, the farm shade trees are mostly native, allowing the “Impossible national park ” to blend into the farm.