Our first Central American offering of the season is a winner! El Pepinal 1 boasts aromas of white peach, nougat, and coriander, with notes of cocoa and graham cracker when brewed. The silky body lingers into a finish of white peach and sandalwood.
Producer: Lucia Ortiz
Farm: Finca Las Mercedes
Region: Usulután Department
Altitude: 4,900-5,250 feet | 1,494-1,600 masl
Varietal: Bourbon, SL28
Notes: Nougat, White Peach, Cocoa
Finca Las Mercedes' El Pepinal 1 lot is made up of Bourbon and SL28. The cherries are screened for quality and are only selected if they have achieved peak ripeness. After sorting and screening, the fresh cherries are sent immediately to Las Mercedes' on-site wet mill. The cherries 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.
We have been proud to partner with Finca Las Mercedes since 2006, when El Pepinal 1 took first place in El Salvador Cup of Excellence. The farm has thrived under the leadership of Lucia Ortiz, whose family has owned the farm for five generations.