Origin Story

This coffee embodies Intelligentsia’s collaborative approach to innovation in the name of quality. Over a decade ago, Malacara’s fourth-generation owner Guillermo “Epe” Álvarez decided to diversify the varieties on his family’s farm to expand the range of flavors it produced. We helped him access SL-28 seed from Kenya and waited patiently for years until it started to bear fruit. We have had the honor of offering it every year since it came into production, and 2023 marks a milestone — 10 years since the first lot of Malacara SL-28. To mark the occasion, we collaborated with Epe in the same spirit of quality-focused innovation that led to the planting of the SL-28 in the first place: we agreed to double the fermentation time from 24 to 48 hours, producing a distinctive cup profile.


This extended fermentation version of the SL-28 from El Salvador combines the complexity of Juniper with sweet stone fruit notes - a coffee that is perfect for savoring each sip.

  • Country El Salvador
  • Flavor Profile Apple + Raw Sugar

The details

  • Country El Salvador
  • Processing Method Washed

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

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    • 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.

12oz bag of El Salvador Malacara SL-28 XF
El Salvador Malacara SL-28 XF