El Salvador Finca Las Mercedes Kenia Honey

Cherry, caramel, honey, apple
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
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Lot Number P8001782-1
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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.

This honey processed microlot is a single varietal separation from a plot of 'Kenia', thought to be a Salvadorian mutation of traditional SL Bourbon varieties developed by Scott Laboratories in Kenya.

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
Coffee Grade SLV CA WA MIC
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG

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.

  • Status Spot
  • Subregion San Salvador Volcan
  • Farm Name Finca Las Mercedes
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Honey Processed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade SLV CA WA MIC
  • Min Growing Altitude 1350m
  • Max Growing Altitude 1700m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Origin El Salvador
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk
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  • CTRM Contract Number P8001782-1
  • Price Per Kg £9.95