About the Coffee
Flavour description: A nutty and juicy cup, with a light to medium body. The coffee has a lime-like acidity and hints of black currant, with a lasting aftertaste of hibiscus and a bit of a cooling sensation.
Colour: Light Purple
Producer: Ernesto Menéndez
Farm: Los Andes
Process: Fully Washed
Location: Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range, Santa Ana
Altitude: 1720 masl
Harvested: April 2020
Roast style: Light to medium to enhance the natural flavors of the coffee.
Price transparency: The FOB price we paid for this coffee was 4,32 US$ per pound (453,5 grams).
A Kenyan varietal planted in El Salvador over 65 years ago? Yes, try this one!
The Kenyan coffee varietal SL28 is citric and vibrant, often with the flavor of black currant. The terroir from Santa Ana in El Salvador is chocolatey and round. This makes the Los Andes SL28 a very pretty cup profile.
Los Andes is a very interesting coffee produced by an outstanding coffee producer, Ernesto "Neto" Menéndez, a well-known name in the coffee industry. He has won the Cup of Excellence several times, and we are proud to be buying coffee from him. Ernesto started separating the SL28 from the Bourbon for us a couple of years ago, and last year started doing a natural process for us as well. This means you can taste two very unique taste profiles from Los Andes, that have been grown side by side at the farm as well as the bourbon in two different processing methods. This is the SL28 which has some creamy and sweet white grape attributes typical for the El Salvadorian cup profile. The SL28 varietal gives a lasting aftertaste of hibiscus with a lime juice acidity.
Drop Coffee and Los Andes
In March 2020, we were in El Salvador as the pandemic hit. El Salvador is a place we love to visit every year as there is so much happening at the farm level. And many of the producers we are working with here has certainly become important friends, personally and in business. That said, El Salvador has a lot of violence and without their guidance, there is no chance we could get to buy their excellent coffees.
Los Andes is exclusively a Drop Coffee. It's on about 5 hectares which is a bigger size for us to buy exclusively at the moment. We find it worth taking a little more of this coffee, for the clear cooperation between Drop Coffee and Los Andes which allows us to be more involved. Cupping, visiting the mill or walking the farm, or just having a chat over a coffee together with Ernesto is like opening a true treasure, he holds so much knowledge and skills from agriculture, processing, and to the cupping table.
Los Andes has quite an interesting story. Almost 60-70 years ago, the previous owner of the farm planted SL28 trees on the land which they had brought home to El Salvador from a hunting trip in Kenya. Normally the trees we are buying coffee from are about 3 to 20 years old, and although it takes a lot of maintenance these older trees are producing extraordinarily well.
The SL28 trees have of course naturally adapted to the conditions in Apaneca and El Salvador and will therefore not taste like a Kenyan coffee per se, it will taste like an El Salvadorian SL28 grown following Ernestos farming philosophy.
The FOB price for this coffee was 4,32 USD per pound.