This light-medium roasted coffee features a complex aroma of caramel, honey, and plums. When brewed it has a smooth body and mild acidity, notes of raisin, and a marzipan sweetness. Look for a hint of Baker’s chocolate in the finish.
Producer: Lucia Ortiz
Farm: Las Mercedes
Altitude: 4900 - 5250
Roast: Light - Medium
Notes: Raisin, Marzipan, Baker’s Chocolate
Meticulous processing and attention to detail has produced stellar results for the bourbon variety from El Pepinal 1. The cherries are screened for quality and are only selected if they have achieved peak ripeness. Finca Las Mercedes has a wet mill on the farm, and after the harvest has been sorted and screened for quality, the fresh cherries are immediately sent to the mill. Once the cherries arrive, they are washed in ceramic tile ditches and sent into the pulper where the flesh of the fruit is separated from the bean. After being fed through the pulper, the parchment enters washing channels to separate any remaining mucilage. The coffee is then laid out on clay tile patios to dry for 7-10 days depending on the moisture content and amount of sunlight each patio receives.
Owned by five generations of the Ortiz family, Finca Las Mercedes has been one of the top quality coffee producers in El Salvador. Under the leadership of Lucia Ortiz, they have been our Direct Trade partner for 10 years.
In 2006, El Pepinal 1 stood at the top as the 1st place winner in the El Salvador Cup of Excellence. We have been thrilled to be Lucia Ortiz’s roasting partner ever since. We take great pride in working with exceptional coffee producers and Las Mercedes is one of those farms that rises to the top of the quality list every year.