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Topic: Guatemala Pacamara varietal , (6 msgs / 185 lines)
1) From: Edward Bourgeois
The  Gesha is definitely a unique and desirable varietal and Panama
has done well with growing it in suitable situations.The combination
has produced something that I'd consider "extra special".  I can
appreciate it and enjoy it but as is said "variety is the spice of
life" and when it comes to coffees, holds true for me. The Pacamara is
emerging as another unique varietal/cross. The recent Guatemala COE
top coffee was a Pacamara that sold for $80+. I find a pacamara as
unique as a Gesha and for me, more often my desired choice when
wanting something farther from the norm. Not much is mentioned on this
list when it comes to the Pacamara. For me, I was as excited to see
Toms listing for the "Guatemala El Injerto Estate Pacamara"
pre-auction lot this year as I was with the pre-auction Esmeralda lot
last year. How "extra special" do you consider a great Guat. Pacamara?
Ed B.
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2) From: Michael Wascher
They're special enough that they'd always find a place on my coffee order.
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3) From: Les
Ed,
I consider the Pacamara's to be very special.  They are one of my
favorite beans and I always seem to have at least one in the stash.
They tend to have a narrower sweet spot when roasting.   However, I
really like them both.  The Gesha has some African notes, and the
Pacamara tends to be nice and complex with lots of chocolate.  It is a
special bean.
Les
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4) From: Bruce Garley
What is the sweetspot for Guatamalan Pacamara?
Bruce

5) From: Edward Bourgeois
Bruce
They seem to have nice qualities from c+ to a light fc+(haven't tried
a city yet). They roast crazy due to their size and lighter density.
It's hard to slow down the heat momentum these beans develop. For me
it's the spice that's incredibly nice with this stuff.
farm
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6) From: Bruce Garley
Thanks for the reply. I know that there is more to the Guat Pacacmara than
what I have been able to get out of it. I am going to keep trying of course.
Using 1/2# in a Behmor, about 1m10s past initiation of 1st crack should be
close to City+ (per SM's handy postcard, and the Behmor guide). Somewhere
close to 2m20s should be a light FC+. My last batch roasted closer to City+,
had a lot of mottling, but beans seemed to be well expanded. Although good,
this roast did not seem to have the chocolate and other nuances others are
noting. Next batch will be roasted a little longer in hopes of capturing
your spice. I'm still searching for that sweet spot.
Bruce


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