El Salvador Las Mercedes Pacamara Natural

Cherry, green apple, chocolate
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
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Lot Number P8002157-4
  • 8 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

For six generations, the Aguilar family has produced coffee on the shade-rich land on the north-eastern slope of the San Salvador Volcano, with a direct view over the capital city of San Salvador. The estates cover nearly 160 hectares at altitudes ranging from 1,250 to 1,700 meters, the top of the farm being unusually high for El Salvador and lending to great coffee growing potential.

The Pacamara variety is a cross between Pacas and Maragogye, the latter being a contributing factor to its typically large cherry and bean size. Pacamara thrives at higher altitudes where its propensity for high quality cup is best captured (and its susceptibility to disease is best mitigated). The variety is found throughout central America but was first bred in El Salvador and has dominated the domestic Cup of Excellence competition since its inception.

Origin El Salvador
Subregion San Salvador Volcan
Harvest Season 2022/23
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Finca Las Mercedes
Processing Honey Processed
Growing Altitude 1350m - 1700m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Pacamara
Coffee Grade SLV CA WA MIC
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Art of Production

The Las Mercedes honey method is a holistic process which accounts for everything from harvest through to dry mill delivery. Before harvest, cherry brix readings are taken and are only harvested above a level of 24, sometimes reaching as high as 28-29. The cherries at this level are a deep red-purple colour. The cherries are de-pulped retaining a high amount of mucilage and then dried on raised beds for 22 days, including both sun and shade, a new method which Fernando is calling ‘Sol-Sambra’ drying.

History of Coffee in El Salvador

Coffee was first introduced to El Salvador from the Caribbean as a garden crop in the mid-18th century but did not gain a commercial production foothold until 1850’s because indigo, easier to grow and more profitable, was king. Coffee was first exported—695 bags—in 1856 and the government began to encourage coffee farming. Exponential growth coincided with the development of synthetic indigo near the end of the century. At one time, El Salvador was one of the largest producers of commercial coffees. Today, with a focus on quality over quantity, 70% of coffee from El Salvador sells for a premium above commodity prices.

  • Subregion San Salvador Volcan
  • Farm Name Finca Las Mercedes
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Honey Processed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Pacamara
  • Min Growing Altitude 1350m
  • Max Growing Altitude 1700m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
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  • Price Per Kg £9.95
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade SLV CA WA MIC
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002157-4
  • Origin El Salvador
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk