Grevil is part of a pretty magical crew, tucked into the slopes of Santa Barbara National Park, who all planted a coffee variety that turned out to be something else completely. A happy accident.
It all started in 2010 when a research institution in Costa Rica gave a specific selection of a hybrid Villa Sarchi x Timor Hybrid (then called T-5296) to the Honduras coffee institute. This variety is resistant to coffee leaf rust and certain nematode infestations (something of great relevance to farmers in Honduras, especially when intercropping with bananas – whose nematodes interfere with coffee plant roots). Parainema is the name of this particular strain.
Meanwhile, likely around the time that IHCAFE was releasing the seeds for farmers to plant, Grevil’s neighbour Eulogio (known as Yoyo for short) got some Pacamara seeds from the Honduran Coffee Institute. Over the next few years, Yoyo shared these seeds with his neighbours and they also started to grow.
In the subsequent years, various buyers would visit, and were perplexed at this ‘paca-weirdo’ (an affectionate colloquial term we all used at the time). It was harvested when the fruit was deep purple, and the fruit looked oblong and pacamara-like to be sure, but the end of each fruit would sort of stick out a bit and other inconsistencies just made us all wonder.
By the time 2015 rolled around, Yoyo would take 1st place with what he originally thought was Pacamara, but IHCAFE revealed that it must have been a miscommunication or a typo because this weird and wild variety was Parainema after all.
Grevil does a great job with this expression of Parainema – with an irreverent lime acidity, and loads of tropical chocolate and root beer flavour, we’re calling this one Electric Lime for a reason.