Los Andes is a very interesting coffee produced by an outstanding coffee producer. Ernesto Menéndez is a well known name in the coffee industry. He's been winning Cup of Excellence several times. In 2010 he competed with Los Andes, however his brother won that year and Los Andes placed fifth.
Drop Coffee and Los Andes
This year we have bought coffee from three of Ernesto's farms, however Los Andes our world exclusive coffee. It's on about 4 hectars big which is a little on the bigger size for Drop at the moment but find it worth it for the clear cooperation between Drop Coffee and Los Andes. Ernesto holds a lot of knowledge and used to be very communicative whilst now he's more holding his knowledge. Walking the farm together with him is like opening a true treasure, he holds so much knowledge and skills from the agriculture, processing and to the cupping table.
Visiting Ernesto at Los Andes, January 2017.
Varietals and history of Los Andes
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 he had taken home from a hunting trip in Kenya. Normally the trees we're buying from are about 12-20 years old, and although it takes a lor of maintenance the trees are producing extraordinary well.
The SL28 trees have of course naturally adapted to the conditions of the conditions in Apaneca and El Salvador.
The SL28 (most left) are big and shiny and shaped more like M&M candy than the more rounded Bourbon (most right).
As shown in the product picture the farm has a very forest like environment that Ernesto is trying to replicate at his other farm Las Brumas (that we're also buying some of) with the same seeds from Los Andes.
80 years old Bourbon tree at Los Andes
60 years old SL28 at Los Andes
Producer: Ernesto Menéndez
Location: Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain Range, Santa Ana
Varietal: 35% SL28/Kenya Varietal and 65% Red (and some Orange) Bourbon
Picking period: April 2016
Processing: Fully washed
Flavour description: The cup mainly holds the the creamy and sweet attributes, typical for El Salvador. The body is medium to high with a dominant note of macadamia nuts and milk chocolate and a note of eucalyptus in the background.