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El Salvador Las Mercedes Pepinal 1El Salvador Las Mercedes Pepinal 1 with coffee mug

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310 g bag

310g

2 lb bag

2lb

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5lb

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310 g bag

310g

2 lb bag

2lb

5 lb bag

5lb

GRIND

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1

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Welcome home to the cherished return of the El Salvador Las Mercedes Pepinal 1, a testament to our enduring partnership with the Ortiz family of the Las Mercedes Farm. With its exquisite flavor profile boasting notes of cherry blossom, Meyer lemon, and caramel, this coffee is a true embodiment of our shared journey and dedication to exceptional quality.


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.

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.

Awards

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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Jeff Clark

*****

My favorite

This is my personal favorite over the past few years. Chocolate and rich. I will buy this as long as it's available.

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sandra

*****

Las Mercedes cafe

One of the best coffee experience. A cup a day, is just perfect. This blend taste just like if I was at a cafe in san salvador

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Paul

****

Solid coffee

Nice balanced flavor

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jim

*****

Klatch does it again

One of the top five beverages I ever had was a limeade served at a Mexican coffee farm as part of a memorable lunch. Just like that limeade, this El Salvador coffee provides the perfect balance of sweet and tart; so refreshing as summer arrives here in New England.

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Steven

*****

very good Central American coffee

Using the French press, this was a perfectly roasted nice clean coffee, not too complex, just the right bright acidity, and none of the fruitiness of some of the other Central American beans. Perfect morning coffee.

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David

*****

Smooth and flavorful

Very smooth with nice acidity and an excellent finish full of flavor.

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Jesse

*****

Dark Chocolate Brownies

One of the most chocolate tasting coffee's I've ever tasted. It's delicious. It has the flavor of Dark Chocolate Brownies.

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Caroline

*****

A rich multi layered coffee.

What a wonderful tasting coffee. Rich, smooth, fruit, chocolatey. Wow!

sandra

*****

Las Mercedes cafe

One of the best coffee experience. A cup a day, is just perf

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