Complex savory and floral notes make Las Mercedes' SL28 a standout. Beginning with aromas of red plum, tangerine, and almond bark, the brewed cup features a creamy body with flavors of ginger, blackcurrant, and walnut. Date-like sweetness and pomelo acidity provide balance, leading to a stunning finish of sandalwood and jasmine.
93 Points from Coffee Review! "The nut notes are pleasant but just a front; drink it for its grown-up dry chocolate, zesty lime and elderflower notes that emerge with just a little patience."
Producer: Familia Ortiz Barriere
Farm: Finca Las Mercedes
Region: Usulután Dept.
Altitude: 4600 feet
Notes: Red Plum, Sandalwood, Pomelo
From its origins in Kenya in the 1930s, SL28 spread through Africa and is commonly grown in Latin America today. A relative of Bourbon, it is known for its exceptional cup quality and high yield.
This is only the second harvest of SL28 from Finca Las Mercedes, and it comes from the same farm as La Avila Bourbon, offering a great opportunity to compare and contrast the two prized varieties.
Within hours of harvest, the cherries are brought to the on-farm mill and quickly depulped, leaving a small amount of the mucilage on the outside of the beans. The coffee is left in a fermentation tank where enzymes help break down the remaining sweet, honey-like mucilage. After fermenting for 12-18 hours the coffee is sent through washing channels to completely clean it. The coffee is then dried on patios before being packaged and shipped to us.
Owned by the 5th generation of the Ortiz Barriere family, Finca Las Mercedes is everything we look for in a Direct Trade partner—and we've worked with them since 2006. Currently led by our friend Lucia Ortiz, Las Mercedes has become one of the top quality coffee producers in El Salvador. In fact, a lot from their La Avila farm won the El Salvador Coffee of the Year competition in 2012. We take great pride in working with exceptional coffee producers, and Las Mercedes is one of the farms that rises to the top of the list every year.