The Pacamara coffee variety is a 1958 breeding of the Salvadoran Institute for Coffee Research (ISIC), resulting from the crossing of the varieties Pacas and Maragogipe.The idea behind the development of the Pacamara hybrid was to get the best out of the two varieties.
Pacas is a natural mutation of the Bourbon variety. Pacas trees have a low height as well as a compact foliage that helps them endure harsh climatic conditions such as strong winds, sun exposure and water scarcity.
Maragogipe is a mutation of the Typica variety. Maragogipe trees grow very large and produce some of the largest coffee seeds.
What makes this variety special are the large leaves, cherries and beans, which are ideal for high altitudes.
Unfortunately, the variety is nevertheless rather low-yielding and not very resistant to diseases, but has a complex and intense flavor profile with fruity, floral and, depending on the region, chocolaty notes.