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 Women's Coffee Alliance) 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.
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.
The same care and consideration invested in the coffee is invested into the 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.