Guillermo Álvarez is a fourth-generation grower operating Finca Malacara, one of El Salvador's most venerable coffee estates located in one of Central America's most celebrated coffee landscapes. He planted this elegant Kenyan SL-28 cultivar to complement the flavors he was producing with the Bourbon plants that have graced the farm's gentle slopes since 1888.

  • Type Single Origin
  • Country El Salvador
  • Flavor Profile Chocolate + Molasses
  • Variety SL-28

The details

  • Country El Salvador
  • Producer Guillermo Álvarez
  • Region Santa Ana
  • Elevation Range 1400 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Harvest January-April 2020
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2003

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from Intelligentsiacoffee.com.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  • 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  • 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  • 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  • 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  • 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  • 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!

    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago and Los Angeles, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.