DESCRIPTION: grape hard candy, lilac, strawberry lemonade
REGION: Santa Ana
PROCESSING METHOD: Natural
ALTITUDE: 1,400 m
Coffee is a drink of discovery. Any coffee lover can likely recall more than one moment of revelation in their coffee-drinking journeys, something that sparked a desire to discover more.
The Cupping Room Series celebrates that spirit of adventure. The physical cupping room is the place where so much discovery happens. It’s the place where we continue our endless hunt for all of coffee’s undiscovered delights. So, with these special Cupping Room Series coffees, we’re extending you a special invitation to join in the adventure with us.
The newest release is actually our second release of this coffee. The Pacas family have a knack for discovering new varieties of coffee. Maria’s great grandfather, Fernando Alberto Pacas Figueroa, discovered the Pacas variety on Finca San Rafael in 1945. The Pacas family has continued this tradition of discovery by dedicating a portion of their farm to varieties not typically found in El Salvador. They first identified the Bernardina on their farm in 2008, and we’re beyond excited to share it with you again as part of our ongoing Cupping Room Series.
Bernardina is genetically related to both Gesha and Ethiopian Agaro, and has proven itself a hardy variety with some promising resistance to coffee leaf rust. Named after their farm manager, Ruperto Bernardino Merche, this new variety is still being explored more fully, with trees being planted in a variety of microclimates and varying elevation bands, to better understand its potential. That same potential is already being realized, however, as this coffee placed third in the 2019 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition.
We first tried the Bernardina variety when visiting the Pacas farm in early 2020. We knew immediately that we had to have it. Bernardina makes for a delicious entry with flavor notes of exuding lemony citrus, florals, and sweet grape candy. You'll notice intense florals and fruitiness up front and a rich sweetness as the cup cools. In fact, one of our favorite things about the coffee is how it transforms while cooling down, and we encourage you to drink it slowly so that you can explore all that it has to offer.
We are absolutely thrilled to once again share this unique coffee experience with you. It is the epitome of what the Cupping Room Series is all about.