El Salvador Finca Himalaya Pacamara
This is the fifth year in a row we are featuring coffee from Mauricio "Moe" Salaverria's farm, Finca Himalaya. This one is a Pacamara variety lot, a cultivar that is a cross between the Typica derived Maragogype variety, which produces very large beans, and Pacas, a compact-growing selection of the heirloom variety Bourbon. As a result of this parentage, Pacamara is small in stature but makes up for it by producing enormous beans.
In addition to Finca Himalaya, Moe owns and operates several small coffee farms under the banner, Divisadero Café Farms. Coffees from these farms place well in coffee competitions such as Cup of Excellence. In this year’s El Salvador Cup of Excellence, Finca Himalaya snagged another award! This farm has been in the Salaverria Lagos family since 1875!
This coffee was processed at the Divisadero micro-mill with rainwater that had been diverted from the mill’s rooftop to an elaborate catchment system. The coffee was pulped and fermented at the mill and then the beans were placed on raised beds to slow dry in the sun, with additional drying on patios at lower elevations.