REGION: Cerro El Tigre FARM: Las Mercedes FARMER: Lucia Abregado De Ortiz
VARIETAL: Pacamara ALTITUDE: 1560 M PROCESS: Honey
The Pacamara variety is a hybrid cross between the Pacas (from El Salvador and named after the Pacas Family) and the giant elephant bean varietal Maragogipe. Its larger than normal appearance is the reason farmers from Las Mercedes call it "The King Bean" of Central America.
Ken Davids of Coffee Review in his 93 POINTS - Aug 2014 assessment describes our El Salvador Las Mercedes Pacamara Honey as:
An original and striking, though perhaps potentially polarizing coffee. Its juxtaposition of honeyish and cherry-like sweetness with savory notes that suggest dried mushroom and thyme will not please everyone, but will delight many. Even the floral notes combine savory and sweet. Quiet but richly vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The complexity of the flavor consolidates but persists in the finish.
...The savory/sweet richness may be owing to the impact of the Pacamara variety; the honey processing doubtless further contributes to sweetness and complexity.
This years honey is creamy with lemon verbena from beginning to end. An agave sweetness. The initial honeysuckle turns to white peach for a peaches and herb delight.
This lot was created specifically for Klatch! We've established such a long and fruitful relationship with Lucia Ortiz from Finca Las Mercedes that we're able to have exclusivity on certain lots. Who would turn down this opportunity? Their coffees are amazing!
This particular coffee is honey processed. The process starts with the skin removal from the coffee fruit immediately after picking, but the beans or seeds were dried with at least some of the fruit pulp or “honey” still adhering to them. As a result, the pulp adds sweetness and a bit of a fruit taste to the bean. It is Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Las Mercedes coffee won first place in the 2006 El Salvador Cup of Excellence Competition. As mandated by Klatch Coffee’s direct trade contract, 25 cents of every pound of this coffee sold goes to support community sports programs and medical clinics in the producing community.
Klatch Coffee was drawn to Las Mercedes for their 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.
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 health care. 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, chemical and pesticides are carefully store 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 coffee that is also Rainforest Alliance Certified. 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. To read more about Los Ortiz medical clinic please visit cafelasmercedes.com/dispensary.asp.
Because Pacamara supplies are truly limited, we urge you to order right away to guarantee your share of the rarest and delicious coffee.