El Salvador

La Roxanita

Blueberry / Jasmine / Juicy

Bean Details

Variety: Pacamara

Process: Natural

Producer: Ignacio Gutierrez

Country: El Salvador

Region: Chalatenango

Altitude: 1,700MASL

Roast Profile: Medium



Showcasing the beauty of the Pacamara comes 2023’s La Roxanita.  With deep notes of blueberry and jasmine, a honeyed sweetness and juicy body, this natural Pacamara will make you fall in love.  This coffee was expertly processed by our good friend and multi Cup of Excellence award winner, Ignacio (Nacho) Gutierrez.  Nacho is known for growing quality Pacamara and we feel honoured at Firebat to be able to display his great work.  

This pacamara has a clear blueberry profile layered with sweet honey and delicate aroma that resembles that of jasmine flower with great sweetness. We have preserved the juiciness of this great coffee to blend its great aromatics, honey-like sweetness and tropical fruity body.

Naturally dried coffees take time and skill, they also save important water resources by not using them. Ignacio is certainly a master of coffee drying techniques, which is why he is able to achieve such fruity layered coffees year after year.

We recommend brewing this one for aeropress or pour over methods using 16:1 water to coffee ratio. For espresso, 18.5grams for double basket to make a bright and tropical feel espresso.

Pacamara descends from a beautiful lineage of two beans that compose the most culturally and genetically important groups of Arabica coffees in the world. 

The origins of this exotic bean can be traced back to 1958 to the Institute of Coffee Studies in El Salvador. As the result of experiments, Pacamara was made crossing Pacas (a bourbon mutation discovered also in El Salvador) and Maragogype. The amalgamation of both varieties resulted in a sweeter and heavier body than bourbon bean with such deep and great flavor notes that often than not dominates cupping events such as Cup Of Excellence.

Pacamara thrives best in higher altitude with cooler climate. It is resistant to wind and its tree size makes it easier to be harvested in steep terrain, making it a very suitable for the Salvadoran geography of high mountainous areas like Chalatenango, where La Roxanita is located.

Ignacio Gutierrez, or Nacho as per his nickname, earned his family living by growing tomatoes and wood trees prior to transitioning into coffee production in 2005. He started off with a small piece of land with just 500 coffee trees but ever since Nacho’s hard work and dedication has been awarded by winning Cup of Excellence in 2011, 2013, 2015 (first place with record breaking score with a coffee lot from Los Pocitos), and again in 2017. Nacho has reinvested each year’s COE winnings back into improving and expanding his farms and today operates three small farms (Los Pocitos, La Roxanita, and San Nicolas).  All three small farms owned by Ignacio are in close proximity in the northern region of El Salvador, in Chalatenango.

The elevation at the farms range from 1,600 to 1,700 meters and the farms are planted with Pacas, Pacamara, Gesha and SL28. Nacho works his farms with his family group, and they have mastered all three drying processes, washed, honey and natural.

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