Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Yellow Pacamara

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Yellow plum, white sugar, pineapple, fruity hops.



Oh, hello there! My name's Steve and I really like the colour red, it's my favourite, you might have guessed by all the red everywhere. ;)

However, this is a rare occasion where I want to talk to you about a different colour – an amazing yellow that I've really fallen in love with. In the past we only had red Pacamaras. If you know me then you know I love red and I love Pacamaras, so it was a match made in heaven! However, a little while ago I came across a yellow Pacamara, and wow, wow wow wow.

Many years ago I was in Nicaragua visiting Finca Limoncillo. I was introduced to this not-red Pacamara and, after tasting a small sample, I begged Erwin to sell us some. He told me that they were using all the crop to create more seedling to plant more coffee, but that it would soon be available. Gone were the days of me being a red-only kinda guy.

Fast forward a few years and it was available in the Los Favoritos Fincas Mierisch auction, where some very special lots were up for grabs to the highest bidder. After tasting what I tasted in Nicaragua, I knew I had to have it. Through the bidding process the entire production of yellow Pacamara from that year was split between us and another amazing roastery in Japan, and so the journey began. Because we stepped up then, we are now at the front of the line to get the new crop as it grows into more and more commercial sizes. This also allows us to sell this coffee at half the original price, which is very exciting.

As I said, this is a Pacamara varietal coffee. Pacamaras are a little crazy on the cupping table. Pacamaras are exciting. I like Pacamaras! I could ramble on about Pacamaras for a while. Oh wait a minute, I did! If you'd like to know more about this fantastic varietal, make sure to have a look at the article I wrote ...

So why is this varietal so rare? Well it's a freak natural mutation from red fruit to yellow and was spotted by a security guard on the farm. They isolated it, harvested the seeds for more seedlings, and then just kept going and going.

In the cup this is dominated by yellow plums and white sugar, with an aftertaste of pineapple and hints of fruity hops.

  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Municipality: Yasica Norte
Region: Matagalpa

  • Farm name: Limoncillo
  • Farmer: Dr Erwin Mierisch
  • Farm size: 171 hectares
  • Coffee growing area: 109 hectares

  • Harvest months: December–February
  • Diurnal temperature cycle: average high 28°C, average low 20°C
  • Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.

  • Varietal: Yellow Pacamara
  • Processing System: Pulped Natural


Yellow plum, white sugar, pineapple, fruity hops.

Clean cup: (1–8): 7
Sweetness: (18): 7.5
Acidity: (1–8): 7
Mouthfeel: (18): 6
Flavour: (18): 7
Aftertaste: (18): 6.5
Balance: (18): 7
Overall: (18): 7
Correction: (+36): +36

Total: (max. 100): 91

Roasting Information
Medium  into the gap between cracks and let it develop, but drop before second starts.

"Quick Look" Guide
Yellow plum, white sugar, pineapple, fruity hops.