Esperanza Pacamara, Guatemala

TASTES LIKE Tropical Fruit, Marshmallow, Toffee
PROFILE Rich & Effervescent
ROAST Light Roast, Filter Brewing


The Pacamara varietal was created in 1958 by the Salvadorian institute for coffee research. It was the result of crossing the Pacas and Maragogipe varietals. After 30 years of research it was released to coffee producers int he 1980s. A varietal celebrated within the coffee world for its complexity and intense aroma. This is the second year we have purchased this lot from Aurelio and his family, and we are once again super impressed. Following on from last year, this coffee presents with complex flavours and florals upfront, then finishes with a creamy, almost effervescent mouthfeel.

Seven Seeds has been direct purchasing coffees from Aurelio for 7 years and every harvest we cup through the myriad lots he produces, to come up with the final selection for our Guatemala seasonal offerings. With Aurelio’s harvest season running from December to March, a high standard of ripe cherry selection is employed with unripe, green cherries left behind along with any that don’t present a full ripe colour as well as damaged fruit too. After which pulping commences followed by fermentation - between 24 and 36 hours - before it is washed and sent to dry on the concrete rooftops that double as drying patios.


ORIGIN Hoja Blanca, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
PRODUCER Aurelio Villatoro & Family
PROCESS Fully Washed
ALTITUDE 1380-1750 masl
PARTNERS Direct purchase
HISTORY Six years of purchasing