Las Mercedes Lot #412
لاس مرسيدس 412
Finca Las Mercedes has been in the Alburez family since 1832 when Francisco Alburez purchased the property. At the time, the main crops on the farm were corn and black beans. Francisco’s daughter, Maria Alburez de Ortega married Manuel Ortega y Carrascal and together they operated the farm. Their son, Carlos Ortega Alburez inherited and managed the farm from the age of 16 and, seeking ways to improve the farm, planted the first coffee trees in 1912.
Today, their children and grandchildren continue to uphold the Alburez family’s vision of high- quality production. They farm Bourbon, Pache and Typica on their land. This lot is Pache, a variety known for its good cup quality potential and high yield.
Ripe, red cherry is picked and processed on Finca Las Mercedes. Once picked, ripe cherry is fermented for 12 to 24 hours and then pulped. Coffee is fermented in fermentation tanks for another 18 to 36 hours and then washed in clean water. Parchment is laid on patios to sun dry. The high altitude of the farm means it takes longer to sundry. Parchment is raked frequently to ensure even drying.