El Salvador Finca Las Mercedes Washed

Red apple, chocolate, caramel
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
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Lot Number P8002019-1
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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 Washed
Growing Altitude 1350m - 1700m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon, Pacamara, Pacas, Marsellesa
Coffee Grade SLV CA WA SHG
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Art of Production

This coffee has been processed in keeping with ecological friendly processes at the nearby Tuxpal mill. A neat and efficient wet and dry mill serving the local specialty producers, with patios and raised beds, optical sorting and a clear attention to detail. Washed coffee is held in fermentation tanks for around 12 hours. Sun dried on clay patios for 14+ days, to help create a rich full body and clean cup. Fernando’s vision of utilising the natural advantage of altitude and re-committing to varietals that lend to best cup profile over rust resistance and yield, and simply managing the plant stock through good farm work, agronomy investment and experience is a bold one, but managed impeccably well. This has allowed the emergence of very high quality production in general, including this specially prepared selection from pickings around the estate.

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 Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon, Pacamara, Pacas, Marsellesa
  • Min Growing Altitude 1350m
  • Max Growing Altitude 1700m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £6.75
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade SLV CA WA SHG
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002019-1
  • Origin El Salvador
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk