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El Salvador Finca Malacara “A” Espresso

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El Salvador Finca Malacara “A” Espresso

El Salvador Finca Malacara “A” Espresso roast

In the second half of the season, we tend to turn our Malacara offering into a solely, espresso one. This is so that we all get to taste this coffee at its very best. I am of the opinion that it is best to try a coffee as a filter brew when it has just arrived off the latest container, rather than many months later, when those characteristics are fading. As coffee fades, so does the integrity of the story and the exuberance in the cup. It could be grown by the nicest lady farmer on the highest peak, but if it is old, it’s just old coffee.

Top Trumps

Finca Malacara is an important coffee to us at James Gourmet. Apart from being a connection between people (which is a long and complicated story spanning nearly 40 years), it is also an exceptional coffee in the good years.

Farm; Malacara A

Country El Salvador

Owners: Epe Guillermo and María de Los Angeles Alvarez Prunera ( Forth generation of the Alvarez family to run Malacara)

Region Apeneca Ilamatepec Mountain range

Varietal: Red Bourbon (90%) and Typica.

Process: Washed

Roast: Espresso

Aromatics:

Chocolate, and a little savoury.

Cup Potential:

Espresso: 17g in/ 45g out  26-30 seconds 93C.-94C

This is fresh, like cooked plums on the front end, bright, sweet, clean, and juicy with some chocolaty notes.

Milk-based drinks: 17g of coffee in, 34-35g pout in around 24-26 seconds.  Always try your shot if it isn’t perfectly dialled in, you may positively surprise yourself.

9oz Milk-based drink. For me, this is more chocolatey than most powdered hot chocolates. Yes, I know it’s coffee! Big dark chocolate up front and a cocoa finish.

6oz Milk-based drink: Some citrus and intense dark chocolate.

Malacara was founded in the late 1880’s when the first coffee was planted there. Over time, the farm became the family’s home and then it was separated and split between siblings.  Today Malacara A has a great reputation across the coffee world.

The name “Malacara” translates to “bad face”. Feeling rough? Drink Malacara! Then you could be Cara Feliz or Buena Cara (Happy or good face)

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