- Region: EL NARANJITO
- Process: Natural
- Elevation: 1400 MASL
- Variety: PACAMARA
- Flavor Notes: Dark Chocolate, Blackberry
- Roast Level: Light
Mapache Coffee is a fifth-generation company of coffee producers, owned and managed by Jan-Carlo and Sofia Handtke in the Apaneca Ilamatepec mountain range of El Salvador. Mapache Coffee employs over 125 locals year-round, but during harvest season, their staff swells to 600 people who work together to build coffee nurseries, replant at Mapache’s six farm properties, and process the perfectly ripe cherries that come from them.
Mapache maintains a strong commitment to the well-being of the coffee forests, ensuring that every farm has a canopy protecting the coffee plants and soil. Their modern wet mill uses limited amounts of water during the washing process, then recycles and reuses that water in the same process. All the remaining pulp from the wet milling process is incorporated back into the farms as compost, returning key nutrients to the soil.
Our Pacamara Natural is characterized by thoughtfulness through the entire harvesting and milling process. The area where this Pacamara cultivar is located is totally protected from the strong winds and direct sunlight; it is also surrounded by untouched forests that provide the cultivar with great amounts of natural nutrients and minerals. Mapache's team of coffee pickers is carefully selected, the approach for selecting these cherries must be very delicate, not only the ripest cherries are selected but the trees must be handled with special care to ensure longevity and continual production. At the processing station, this coffee is mechanically floated and then spread over our movable drying beds, where it is monitored constantly for 25 days to ensure an even drying.