Origin Story

Guillermo Alvarez is the fourth-generation owner of Finca Malacara. It is one of the most venerable coffee estates in El Salvador, located in one of the most celebrated coffee regions in all of Central America. We accompanied him as he planted the seeds of this elegant Kenyan SL-28 cultivar to complement the flavors produced by the Bourbon plants that have graced the farm’s gentle slopes since 1888, and have had the honor of offering it every year since it came into production. This year marks a milestone — 10 years since we sourced the first lot of Malacara SL-28 — and it has never been better: our coffee team awarded this lot the highest scores of anything Malacara has sent us over the past decade.


This coffee is elegantly balanced by its juicy stone fruit sweetness with a slight sharp grapefruit acidity, making it a cup of coffee you will come back to again and again.

  • Type Single Origin
  • Country El Salvador
  • Flavor Profile Apple + Raw Sugar

The details

  • Country El Salvador

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 intelligentsia.com.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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