Starbucks Reserve El Salvador Montecarlos Estate. Wow, that’s a big name for a coffee so let’s break it down. This coffee is one of four coffees to be released this October as part of Starbucks’ Reserve line. It’s from the country of El Salvador, grown on the Montecarlos Estate farm. Grown in mineral rich soil at very high elevation, this coffee is out to make a name for itself. All of the beans in this lot are of the Pacamara varietal.
What the heck is a Pacamara varietal and what is it doing in my coffee?
Coffee plants come in several different varieties. Think of dog species; cocker spaniel, golden retriever, etc… They are all dogs (or coffee) but there are different types. Pacamara is one of these “species”. It is actually a combination of two other species that has been cultivated over the years. Enough of this coffee geek stuff.
This Montecarlos Estate coffee is grown at 6,000 ft. above sea level on the top of a dormant volcano. Starbucks says the coffee has herbal chocolate notes with a medium body and some acidity.
Beans: Fresh, and slightly nutty smelling compared to most coffees. It’s roasted on the darker side, with spotted oils showing on the outside of the beans. You can tell it’s quite fresh, and I’m sure the one way valve on the bag helps this.