Intelligentsia

Simple and intensely sweet, this coffee, sourced from a section of the farm known as Guayabo, features deep flavors of black cherry, cola, and cocoa creating an espresso that can easily stand alone or provide a fantastic backdrop to a cappuccino.
  • SKU 208012
  • Country El Salvador
  • Region within Country La Libertad
  • Elevation 1350 - 1500 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm / Producer Name Finca Matalapa
  • Farmer / Producer Name Vickie Dalton Diaz
  • Buyer Andrew Atkinson
  • Cultivar Bourbon, Pacas
  • Harvest Time 11/19/2016 - 12/28/2016
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
In Season 1
Stone FruitDark SugarsDark Chocolate

Matalapa El Salvador Single Origin Espresso

This was a fantastic year for coffee quality at Vickie Dalton Diaz’s Finca Matalapa. Not only were we able to source some spectacular lots for our perennial Matalapa offering, we also found a rare Matalapa Limited Release and just the right coffee to continue our annual Matalapa Single-Origin Espresso tradition.

Vickie’s farm is divided into 10 tablones (or sections). Some of these tablones may be familiar to Matalapa fans, since Puerta Zapa, El Pino, Cidra, and Roblar have made their mark on our Single-Origin Espresso program over the years. All the tablones typically produce the same general characteristics that we love about Matalapa coffees, including a delicate sweetness of honey and melon, but each tablón does produce subtle differences in flavor. Each year, we seek out these differences and keep on the lookout for a coffee from a single section of the farm that has accentuated sweetness and great balance for our Black Cat Project. Though the specific section of the farm on which we find that coffee may change from one year to the next, we are always able to find one that seems as if it were designed for use as an espresso. This year, just as one lot from the Mirador tablón stood out for our Matalapa Limited Release, another lot from the Guayabo tablón was undeniably perfect for a Single-Origin Espresso.

Guayabo is a lot one of the smallest tablones on Matalapa, located northwest edge of the farm. Like a number of the tablones, the inspiration for Guayabo’s name is arboreal: it is Spanish for guava tree. Its name is actually quite serendipitous this year, as the coffees from the Guayabo tablón resemble the sticky sweetness of the Guava fruit. This sort of simple yet intense sweetness translates well to a versatile single-origin espresso that can provide a fantastic backdrop to a cappuccino or stand on its own.

The history of coffees from Finca Matalapa, and their association with Intelligentsia espresso, runs deep. Finca Matalapa made its debut as an Intelligentsia espresso in 2008, when it was used by one of our baristas to win that year’s United States Barista Championship. This was the first time a single-origin coffee took home top honors at the competition, a trend that now dominates current barista competitions. As always, we are excited to release yet one more year of Matalapa Single-Origin Espresso as part of our Black Cat Project.

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.