El Salvador Las Mercedes Pepinal 1

El Salvador

El Salvador Las Mercedes Pepinal 1

caramel - cantaloupe - mandarin

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REGION:  Cerro El Tigre     FARM:  Finca Las Mercedes     FARMERS:  Lucia Abregado De Ortiz     ALTITUDE:  1400 M

VARIETAL:  Bourbon     PROCESS:  Washed     ROAST:  Medium | Light

 

Our El Salvador Las Mercedes Pepinal 1 offers flavors of caramel, cantaloupe , and mandarin sweet citrus notes throughout. The "the pinot noir of coffee", Bourbon varietal plants are delicate, rich, and exemplary.

Heather Perry has a unique connection to this coffee. An opportunity to teach Barista classes for IWCA (International Woman in Coffee) brought her to the Las Mercedes farm in El Salvador. She was walking through the Pepinal 1 coffee trees when her then-boyfriend Ryan popped out behind the trees to propose to her. The ultimate surprise and proposal.

We at Klatch Coffee were drawn to Las Mercedes because of its great coffee, but we found what we fell in love with was the people, the process, and our shared passion for persistently striving to make coffee the best it can be. The Las Mercedes farm process begins with hand picking only ripe, mature cherries, and then carefully screening them before depulping to eliminate twigs, leaves, and other foreign material. At the wet mill, the cherries are received into ceramic tiled ditches, washed with fresh collected rainwater, and immediately fed into a pulper. These pulpers are designed to separate the bean from the flesh of the fruit while leaving each bean intact in its parchment envelope.

Instead of the usual washed process, Las Mercedes uses a “Double Washed” method for the Pepinal 1, otherwise known as the “Kenya Method”. This method moves the coffee into a special water-filled tank to soak for an additional 24 hours. The tank is then emptied, and the process is repeated, filling the tank and letting the coffee rest for an additional 18-24 hours. After the second soak, the coffee is moved to the drying patios. This process is done in Kenya and in parts of Ethiopia, but the technique varies from place to place.

Finca Las Mercedes is a beautiful coffee farm with owners dedicated to care for their community, their workers, and the environment with the same care that they invest into their coffee. The Ortiz family provides healthcare, food, and clothing to those in the community that are in need. Las Mercedes is committed to ecological care, making efforts to preserve natural wildlife, to maintain compliance with our certifications in the way that the mill’s by-products are disposed of, and to avoid contamination. In the last few years, the Ortiz family has prioritized preservation by planting native trees. We are proud to offer this limited Direct Trade. As part of our Direct Trade relationship, 25 cents of every pound is invested back into the Las Mercedes community, funding community sports programs and the Los Ortiz medical clinic.

Lot Pepinal 1 placed 1st in 2006 El Salvador Cup of Excellence auction with a record 94 points. 

Ken Davids of Coffee Review in his 92 POINTS - December 2006 assessment describes our El Salvador Las Mercedes Pepinal 1 as:  "Aroma of sweet tangerine, caramel and muted flowers. The flowers become more pronounced in the cup, saturating the very bright, fruit-floral acidity. The tangerine-like citrus carries into the cup as well, complicated by soft suggestions of black currant and stone fruit. The finish is pleasingly sweet and fruit-toned.Those who enjoy floral delicacy in a light-roasted coffee."
 

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What drew Klatch Coffee to Las Mercedes was great coffee, but what we fell in love with was the people, the process, and their passion to make the coffee so great. It begins with hand picking only ripe mature cherries, and then subjecting them to intense screening before depulping to eliminate twigs, leaves, and other foreign material. At the wet mill, the cherries are received into ceramic tiled ditches, washed with fresh collected rainwater from their own tanks and immediately fed into a pulper, which consists of rotating disks or cylinders, each one fitted with adjustable knives. These are designed to separate the bean from the flesh of the fruit while leaving each bean intact in its parchment envelope. They then dry the coffee on clay patios to ensure even drying.

 

Instead of the usual washed process, "Double Washed”, otherwise known as the "Kenya Method", puts an additional process of moving the coffee into a special tank to soak for an additional 24-hours. The tank is filled with water and the coffee is allowed to soak. The tank is then emptied, and the process is repeated, filling the tank again and letting the coffee rest for 18-24 additional hours. After the second soak, the coffee is then moved to the drying patios. This process is done similarly in Kenya and parts of Ethiopia, but the technique varies from place to place. 

The same care and consideration invested in the coffee is invested into the Las Mercedes community. The Ortiz Family has always been devoted to taking care of those who have helped in their success, by providing clothing, food, and healthcare. In addition, Las Mercedes is constantly making efforts to preserve natural wild life by taking special care of the disposal of by-products from the mill in order to avoid contamination also, in compliance with our certifications, chemicals and pesticides are carefully stored and managed by trained personnel, avoiding intoxication and contamination. In the last years, a great effort has been made in planting native trees to preserve these species.

Finca Las Mercedes is a beautiful coffee farm with dedicated owners who care for their community, their workers, the environment and, nonetheless, seek to provided specialty coffee. We are proud to offer this limited Direct Trade; as part of our Direct Trade contract, 25 cents of every pound is given back to fund community sports programs and Los Ortiz medical clinic.








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