• La Merced
  • La Merced
  • La Merced
  • La Merced

La Merced

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Sitting at 2000 meters above sea level just outside the town of San Martin Jilotepeque, La Merced has a storied history of producing award winning coffees that stretches back over 100 years. To visit the farm is to be steeped in the rich history of the region and the family of producer Fernando Diaz. The terroir of La Merced is specially suited to coffee production and the results are clearly experienced in the cup. We find tasting notes of apple crisp, pear, and brown sugar.

Origin: Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon

Elevation: 1800-2000 MASL
Tasting Notes: Apple Crisp, Pear, Brown Sugar

Purchased by the Alburez-Ortega family in the 1830s and named after the convent that previously occupied the grounds, La Merced has been home to many varieties of agricultural production of over the years, including corn, fruit trees, beehives, dairy, lumber, and beginning in the early 1900’s, coffee. La Merced thrived under the care of Don Carlos and his wife Balbina (the grandfather and grandmother of Fernando Diaz) who were responsible not only for starting coffee production on the farm, but also for founding the first school in the region and bringing electricity to the municipality of San Martin Jilotepeque. Devastated by an earthquake in 1976, the main house on La Merced as well as the nearby town of San Martin Jilotepeque went through a period of rebuilding amid intense civil and political turmoil. Today, La Merced is managed by Fernando and his siblings, their love for the farm and commitment to carrying on its legacy clear to see.

Our coffee bags are now recyclable - just return your used bag to any of our cafés and we'll take care of the rest.

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