San Jose Black Honey Pacas

San Jose Black Honey Pacas

  • Tasting Notes Greengage plum, stewed stone fruits, cocoa finish
  • Location Santa Ana, El Salvador
  • Elevation 1400 - 1650 M
  • Process Black Honey
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    Region Santa Ana, El Salvador
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    Variety Pacas
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    Elevation 1400 - 1650 masl
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    Process Black Honey
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    Importer Volcafe Select

Taste Notes

Greengage plum, stewed stone fruits, cocoa finish


San Jose is one of the farms owned and managed by the famous Pacas family. The history of their influence traces back to 1905, when José Rosa Pacas bought his first farm in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain range - Finca San Rafael.

In 1958, Fernando Alberto Pacas Figueroa, a descendant of José, noticed an unusual shrub growing among bourbon coffee trees in Finca San Rafael. After consulting with friends and a thorough investigation with university researchers, it was determined that this was a natural mutation from bourbon coffee trees, resulting in a new coffee varietal. The researcher in charge could not remember the name of the farm, but remembered the name of the family. So he tagged the trees “Pacas” - that it how the name of the varietal was chosen.

Today, Fernando’s great grandson Federico runs the family business and this Pacas variety is processed as a ‘Black Honey’. After careful picking the coffee is depulped and immediately taken to raised drying beds. It is regularly turned but left for an extended period of no less than 12 days until the mucilage covered seeds turns black (hence black honey).


This year we have both this Black Honey Pacas and a Natural Pacamara from the same farm Finca San Jose. If you order both you'll get a 10% discount automatically applied.

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