El Salvador


Tropical Jam / Sweet Orange / Smooth

Bean Details

Variety: Caturra-Pacas

Process: Honey

Producer: Firebat Coffee

Country: El Salvador

Region: Chalatenango

Altitude: 1,650MASL

Roast Profile: Light-Medium



This coffee is very special to us as if comes from our own Firebat Coffee Roasters’ farm Balam.

Enveloped in the natural forests of the region, this lot of Caturra grows on the shaded mountainside of our farm, Balam, in Chalatenango. Agroforestry has always been at the core of Balam’s philosophy which allows the farm to exist in harmony with the natural world around it.

This honey processed yellow caturra is fruity and bright. With a mellow fruity and chocolatey aroma, it expands in flavor showing many jammy fruit tropical notes. You can excpect a silky sweet and well-balanced cup.

This is a versatile coffee for any brewing method. In espresso, it is juicy and sweet, in a pour over it is mellow,  when brewed in Aeropress becomes intense where the sweet orange notes make an awesome juicy acidity.

For espresso we used 19.5g for doubles, and for Aeropress 25g for 200ml of water at 92 degrees. For pour over 1:16 ratio.

Caturra bean was discovered in Brazil, as a Bourbon mutation, from there it was introduced to Central America in 1940 where it became one of the greatest varieties for such region.

Caturra has a single-gene mutation that causes the plant to grow smaller (called dwarfism). Its name derives from the Guarani word meaning “small.”

Today, it is one of the most economically important coffees in Central America, to the extent that it is often used as a “benchmark” against which new cultivars are tested.

Read more about the story behind Balam here.