Conscious Caffeine #19 - Pacamara

By tych0_21 | MapMatics | 22 Feb 2021


The Pacamara variety is the result of a cross between the Pacas and Maragogipe varieties first cultivated by the Salvadoran Institute of Coffee Research in the 1950s. While the variety inherits its short stature and high productively from the dwarf Bourbon mutant: Pacas, its large, flavorful cherries are inherited from the giant Typica mutant: Maragogipe. Though successive generations are unstable and non-uniform, Pacamara is capable of achieving exceptional cup quality while also being far more productive than its parental variety, Maragogipe. Because of this, the cultivation of Pacamara dots the high elevation regions of El Salvador. Pacamara is a variety that displays not only a unique physiology borne from its mutant parentage, but also remarries the Typica and Bourbon lineages, capturing some of the most prized flavor characteristics of each along the way. Adding to the variety's alure is that it is increasingly rare; being highly-susceptible to coffee leaf rust virus, both the output and quality of Pacamara has seen a decline following a serious of outbreaks in the country throughout the 2010s.


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