Finca Las Mercedes in the region of Cordillera del Bálsamo grows three different varieties on its 85 ha: Pacamara, Bourbon Rojo and Castillo. Victor Eduardo Mencía runs the farm since 2016 and takes maximum care of the nutrition of the coffee with as few non-organic fertilizers as possible. Since the Pacamara variety is very susceptible to pests, Victor can control this particular coffee without chemicals altogether. For this coffee, only the ripest coffee cherries are selected manually. Afterward, they are being de-pulped, washed, and dried. With the purchase of this coffee, you can support more than 20 families who make a living from working on the plantation.
Due to its rich volcanic soils and mild climate, El Salvador produces excellent coffees and is home to some of the world‘s most sought-after varieties. The Pacamara variety is a crossing of Pacas and Maragogype varietals and was developed by the Salvadoran Institute for Coffee Research (ISIC) in 1958 to have the best characteristics of both parenting varieties. Only in the late 1980s, after 30 years of rigorous research, the Pacamara variety was released to coffee producers to be produced commercially.