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El Salvador - Las Mercedes - La Avila SL28


El Salvador - Las Mercedes - La Avila SL28 Gourmet Coffee

Complex savory and floral notes make this SL28 a standout. Beginning with aromas of red plum, tangerine, and almond bark, the brewed cup features a creamy body with flavors of ginger, blackcurrant, and walnut. Date-like sweetness and pomelo acidity provide balance, leading to a stunning finish of sandalwood and jasmine.


Producer: Familia Ortiz Barriere
Farm: Finca Las Mercedes
Region: Usulután Dept.
Altitude: 4600 feet
Varietal: SL28
Process: Washed
Roast: Light-Medium
Notes: Red Plum, Sandalwood, Pomelo

The Story

From its origins in Kenya in the 1930s, SL28 spread through Africa and is commonly grown in Latin America today. A relative of Bourbon, it is known for its exceptional cup quality and high yield. This lot comes from the same farm at Finca Las Mercedes as La Avila Bourbon, offering a great opportunity to compare and contrast the two prized varieties.

Within hours of harvest, the cherries are brought to the on-farm mill and quickly
depulped, leaving a small amount of the mucilage on the outside of the beans. The
coffee is left in a fermentation tank where enzymes help break down the remaining
sweet, honey-like mucilage. After fermenting for 12-18 hours the coffee is sent through washing channels to completely clean it. The coffee is then dried on patios before being packaged and shipped to us. 



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