Ecuador

La Papaya Pacamara Natural

Raspberry Compote. Rosewater. Red Vines.
$22.00 / 8oz
Clear
Body: Winey
Acidity: Sweet-tart
Producer: Juan Peña
Variety: Pacamara
Growing Elevation: 2000 Meters
Processing: Natural Process. Dried on Raised Beds.
Certifications: Direct Trade, Sustainably Grown
Region: Saraguro/Loja, Ecuador

This beautiful coffee comes from Juan Peña — Ecuador’s most famous specialty-coffee producer-who owns and operates the well-known Hacienda La Papaya coffee farm. He and his coffee have won numerous awards, including the Sprudge top producer award and several U.S. Barista Championships.

Juan grows several varieties on this land including Typica, Sidra, B7, and Geisha. This particular lot is a Pacamara variety, a hybrid of the Pacas variety (a natural mutation of the Bourbon variety) and Maragogipe (a mutation of the Typica variety.) The Pacamara variety is known for producing a complex and rich cup with red fruit undertones. Couple that with the natural process at the farm level and you get a super fruit forward, complex coffee that is divine.

Juan himself is actively engaged with many processing experiments. His farming is meticulous, scientific, curious, and giving. He provides neighbors and farm workers space in his nursery, along with seedlings, so that they can develop plots of their own.

Hacienda La Papaya coffees are the result of a meticulous integral process. The process begins in the nursery where the best seeds are selected, considering the origin and characteristics of the mother plants. Proper sowing techniques are applied for the correct development of the plant. This ensures efficient fertilization management throughout the farm and maximum control at each stage of the plant’s growth. Every year the farm experiments with various controlled fermentation and drying, creating quality-forward, unique profiles.

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