We have big love for Guatemala Finca El Injerto – perhaps made obvious by the fact that we have been partners with this six-time Cup of Excellence winning farm for 11 years. (The Cup of Excellence is a competition which brings top quality coffee and producers to the forefront of the global coffee community, and this farm is the cream of the crop.)
Finca El Injerto is tucked away in Huehuetenango at the top of the mountain in a deep, lush canyon looking out over Chiapas in the distance. It represents best in practice and is an incredible business model for “vertical integration” in coffee; in other words, they control everything, and they do it to the highest of standards. It’s also worth noting, that they opened a successful roastery and cafe in Guatemala City called El Injerto Cafe Coffeeshop that has produced a national barista champion.
The Pacamara variety entered the broader coffee scene with fanfare in 2008 when Injerto placed 1st at Cup of Excellence with a mind boggling cupping score of 93.68, and a record auction price of $80.20/LB green. Of the last 9 COE auctions, Injerto placed 1st six times.
Three years ago, a hail storm swept through Huehuetenango and devastated half of the Aguirre’s Pacamara plants. These plants can take years to recover from such a thing. That year, Stumptown increased the price per pound we pay to Injerto to help compensate for the storm damage. Happily, this year, their production finally reached full volume.
After three long years, we celebrate the return of Injerto’s Pacamara to our menu. This year, the Aguirre family sold this lot of Pacamara directly to Stumptown, rather than auctioning it all off on their private auction and we’re honored to serve it again.
Pacamara, a hybrid seed variety of the Pacas and Maragogype seed strains, retains the large size of Maragogype and presents an intricate, lush cup. Flavor wise, the Pacamara consistently displays intricate, transparent and nuanced flavors spanning from sweet to savory.
Guatemala Finca El Injerto Pacamara’s intensity of flavor, complexity and acidity would balance well with the rich and diverse flavors on a holiday table. It offers enough weight and body to act as a counterpoint to sweetness. And it tastes great with savory dishes, too. We hope you’ll enjoy this variety as much as we do. Learn more about Guatemala Finca El Injerto Pacamara here.