INTELLIGENTSIA - Free Shipping on all US Consumer orders over $40

This extraordinary Pacamara varietal lot from Daniel Canales is proof positive that old dogs can learn new tricks. Last year, at 81 years of age, Don Daniel offered us his first-ever Pacamara varietal lot. It was modest in size, weighing in at less than two bags, but immodest in almost every other respect, marking a sharp departure in profile from just about every other coffee the Canales family had offered us over the past decade and commanding the attention of our Quality Control team with the kind of elevated sweetness and persistent complexity to which we have been unaccustomed in coffees from Los Delirios. Don Daniel's Pacamara lot is back, bigger and better than ever, relentlessly sweet with notes of starfruit, pecan and butterscotch.
  • SKU 217003
  • Country Nicaragua
  • Region within Country Pueblo Nuevo, Estelí
  • Elevation 1450 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Los Delirios
  • Farmer / Producer Name Daniel Canales
  • Buyer Michael Sheridan
  • Cultivar Pacamara
  • Harvest Time January 2018
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic Yes
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
In Season 1
USDA organic 1
TropicalSweet NutsButtery

Los Delirios Organic Nicaragua Pacamara Special Selection

This extraordinary Pacamara varietal lot from Daniel Canales is proof positive that old dogs can learn new tricks.

In 2004, when Don Daniel was in his mid-60s, he broke new ground when his Los Delirios farm became the first to ever take top honors at a Cup of Excellence competition with a certified organic coffee. Since then, Don Daniel and his sons Milton, Norman and Donald have been applying the same reliable recipe with similar results: patiently turn pastureland into coffee forests, produce predictably sweet organic specialty coffee, earn premiums from your Direct Trade partners, reinvest and repeat.

Then a few years ago, when we has in his late-70s, Don Daniel quietly introduced a new wrinkle into an operation that was based since its inception on a narrow genetic base of traditional Latin American varieties blended together for sale: he planted a few hectares of Pacamara.

Pacamara is a mutant coffee, literally. Nearly twice as large as the Caturra that represents the dominant cultivar on Los Delirios, Pacamara is the product of two mutations: Pacas, a dwarf mutation of Bourbon discovered in El Salvador, and Maragogype, a mutation of the ancient Typica that produces massive cherry and seed. Pacamara splits the difference between its parents in terms of its size and productivity, and reliably delivers the elevated sweetness characteristic of the Maragogype.

Last year, at 81, Don Daniel offered us his very first Pacamara varietal lot. It was modest in size, weighing in at less than two bags, but immodest in almost every other respect, marking a sharp departure in profile from just about every other coffee the Canales family had offered us over the past decade and commanding the attention of our Quality Control team with the kind of elevated sweetness and persistent complexity to which we were unaccustomed in coffees from Los Delirios. After decades of producing reliably sweet organic coffees that cleaved closely to a stable and classically Nicaraguan flavor profile, Don Daniel and the Canales family renovated their coffee fields with new varieties, part of a broader renovation of their approach to the coffee trade.

Over the past five seasons, the Canales family has invested massively in post-harvest infrastructure and processing, transitioning fully from patio to raised-bed drying and purchasing a dry mill to which it will shift its operations in the coming years to take end-to-end ownership of the quality control process. These measures will allow the Canales crew to make this Pacamara lot even better, and be operational by the time the Geisha groves it planted a few years ago as part of its broader strategy of varietal diversification.. Even after 60 years and three generations of doing things right at Los Delirios, the best is yet to come.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.