El Salvador Menendez Estates Finca Las Delicias

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El Salvador Menendez Estates Finca Las Delicias

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Certification: Direct Trade, Rainforest Alliance

Region: Apaneca-Ilamapatec Mountains, near Ataco town

Farm: Las Delicias "Lucho lot"

Elevation: 1700 meters

Varietal: Bourbon

Roast Level: Medium Roast

Flavor Profile: Sweet, citrus, chocolate, caramel, honey

FRESH CROP 2017

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This is our 5th year we have had the privilege of a Direct Relationship with the Menendez family in El Salvador.  Miguel Menendez Sr. carries on his family’s coffee farming tradition of four generations, personally overseeing every detail of his 7 award-winning farms and beneficio (coffee mill). A true family business, sons Miguel and Guillermo handle exporting relations directly with Evans Brothers and some of the finest roasters and retailers in the U.S. and Europe.

In January, Randy and Nicole traveled to El Salvador during the middle of their harvest season.   After several days of cupping they selected one of the top, and consistently award winning, lots from Las Delicias as the standout. We have purchased coffee from Las Delicias in the past, along with last years Finca El Rosario and Finca Santa Barbara., but this truly is our favorite farm.  Sitting on the side of a volcano and just above the Menendez mill, Las Delicias has commanding elevations of 1400 - 1700 meters.  The view from the top is absolutely stunning!  

The Menendez’ are blessed with an incredible natural environment, ideal for growing amazing coffee. Their native forest rises to 1900 meters along an extinct volcano that provides heavy bird canopy and wildlife habitat. The family is also unique in owning and operating their own beneficio, which processes strictly Menendez coffees using the most sophisticated systems available.

This is a ‘Rainforest Alliance’ coffee, a certification that goes well beyond simply organic or fair trade to encompass environmental, economic, and social aspects. Pickers for the Menendez’ farms earn the highest wages in the area­, and the family pours money into the local economy particularly in the areas of youth programs and education.

Miguel and his sons have been regular winners of El Salvador’s prestigious ‘Cup of Excellence’ competition, beating out hundreds of farms on quality only. At Evans Brothers we have worked diligently to develop a roast profile that showcases the incredible care that the Menendez team put into cultivating this coffee. We are super stoked to introduce this years lot to you!