El Salvador Mapache Sampler Pack
This year, Zelie Beans is ecstatic to be able to carry four coffees from our friends at Mapache Coffee, three of which are beautiful examples of careful selection and processing. The flagship “Mapache Estate” washed process coffee is one that combines beans from all of Mapache’s farms to create a blend that showcases the flavors of Mapache’s coffees, and their hard work and commitment to quality of coffee and life for all those involved in their operations.
This year we are especially excited to be able to offer three specialty processed coffees, all contrasting each other as a trio of what processing and variety can do to a coffees flavor qualities. Of the three coffees, two are using a single variety, Pacamara, and the other is using solely bourbon, two coffee varieties that are highly prized for their quality in the industry. To make them even more interested, one lot of the Pacamara was processed using the oldest form of coffee processing, natural processing. This means the beans were picked at peak ripeness, then dried in the sun, allowing the skin and mucilage to dry onto the coffee seed (bean) and soak in a harmony of fruity, bright flavors. The other Pacarmara contrasts this natural using what is called the “honey” process where the skin of the coffee fruit is removed, and the mucilage is left on the seed (bean) to dry, creating a unique flavor that straddles the lines between a naturally processed coffee and a washed process coffee (which would be the Mapache Estate Blend). The final coffee is a contrast to the Pacamara Natural process, because it too is a naturally processed coffee, except it is made using a different coffee variety, Bourbon. The contrast between these two naturally processed coffees gives a rare view into the influence that a coffee variety can have on flavor, just as various wine grape or apple varieties have notably different flavors. Overall, we could not be more excited to offer all three of the processing methods commonly used in coffee growing regions, washed, honey, and natural. We are even more thankful to have them come from the Mapache team lead by Sofia and Jan-Carlo Handke who really do align with our motto of families helping families through specialty coffee.
Want to learn more about Mapache Coffee? Check out their website at MapacheCoffee.com