Ease yourself into fall with this satisfying light-medium roast. Leading with rich aromas of peanut brittle and rhubarb, notes of papaya and cashew emerge in the cup. The soft body carries hints of lemon balm and apple, resolving into a fresh cedar finish.
Producer: Familia Ortiz Barriere
Farm: Finca Las Mercedes
Altitude: 4600 feet
Notes: Peanut Brittle, Papaya, Cedar
This is the sixth year that we have offered Finca Las Mercedes' La Avila lot, which won the El Salvador Coffee of the Year competition in 2012. Unlike in years past, Las Mercedes processed this harvest as a regular washed coffee instead of using their proprietary Double Soak method.
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 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 been one of the top quality coffee producers in El Salvador. 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.