A classic Bourbon flavor profile: sweet and well-rounded with a long, lingering finish. We found cocoa powder, cherry, and graham cracker in the aroma, with a hint of guava emerging in the cup alongside juicy red grape acidity. The sweet malt and caramel finish lingers long after the last sip.
Producer: Familia Ortiz Barriere
Farm: Finca Las Mercedes
Region: Usulután Dept.
Altitude: 4,600 feet
Notes: Cocoa Powder, Red Grape, Graham Cracker
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, rested, 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.