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The unusually cold, wet and cloudy weather in El Salvador this year seemed to suit Finca Matalapa just fine — this lot reminds us of grapefruit, peach and vanilla, and is among the best we have ever tasted from the Calagual section of the farm.
  • SKU 208007
  • Country El Salvador
  • Region within Country La Libertad
  • Elevation 1200 - 1300 m.a.s.l
  • Farm Finca Matalapa
  • Farmer / Producer Name Vickie Dalton Diaz
  • Buyer Andrew Atkinson
  • Cultivar Bourbon, Pacas
  • Harvest Time January 2018
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
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Los Inmortales El Salvador Limited Release

Each time I visit Vickie Dalton Díaz at the mill where she processes coffee from her farm Finca Matalapa, I feel a sense of wonder. In this special place, the coffee trees grow out of steep ridges overlooking the Pacific Ocean, seeming to defy gravity, while intense winds rip through the valley below and up the mountain, contorting the trees and tearing at their leaves. It amazes me that the coffee doesn’t just withstand this abuse, but that it seems to thrive in response to the stress, producing such wonderful flavors year after year.

Coffees from the tablones of Matalapa have always held a distinct flavor from the rest of the area, and this almost violent climate surely has a heavy hand in shaping that.

As Vickie and I venture higher on the farm, moving from the lowest sections, or tablones, the warm breezes carrying moisture from the ocean begin to cool. The hardwood trees planted there break the chilly winds and shade the coffee, which takes a little more time to ripen under these conditions. As a result, the coffees from these tablones tends to be sweeter and more complex than the coffee from the coffee groves below. We often find the best lots Matalapa has to offer in these higher-elevation tablones, occasionally keeping a truly exceptional lot separate from the rest of the coffee we buy from Vickie for special releases. Perennial fans of our Matalapa releases may recognize these Limited Release coffees by the names of the tablones on which they were grown and for which they were named. This year we bring you coffee from a part of the farm named Calagual. Coffees from this tablón have often been a part of our Matalapa offerings in the past, but never held aside as a Limited Release. This year’s unique weather proved to be perfect for coffee growing on this part of the farm, and produced the best lot we can remember ever tasting from Calagual.

It seems that every year in recent memory, the weather in El Salvador has a new curve to throw. For two years, temperatures rose early in the western part of the country, where rains were light and late to arrive, and the occasional late storm knocked cherries from the trees. This year, we saw precisely the opposite: rain fell in abundance and the cool, cloudy, wet and windy conditions that characterize the country’s rainy season ran into late into November. This weather stressed the trees a bit more, allowed the cherries to stay on the trees longer and drew out the drying time on the mill. It seems that the coffees from the Calagual section of the farm finally had their perfect weather, creating the sort of sweet complex flavors we have come to love from all Vickie’s coffees.

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.