Last week we received a shipment of coffees from El Salvador that we’re all really excited about. We’re usually excited about new coffees, but this one marks our first ever directly purchased lot, where we got to travel and experience the journey of the coffee from seed to cup, as well as the people and passion that brings it here.
Ernesto Menendez is a man whose passion is responsible for the beautiful coffees of fincas Las Brumas, Alaska, La Ilusión, and Los Andes. He is a certified Q grader, cup of excellence award-winning producer, and producer of the coffee that Alejandro Mendez used to win the 2011 World Barista Championships.
This spring, we got the opportunity to be in El Salvador and expand our coffee knowledge by tasting coffees with Ernesto and going to some of his farms.
We’re extremely proud to be able to carry coffees from Las Brumas, as well as Ernesto’s Grand Reserve, the cream of the crop, and cascara from across the four farms.
Cascara is a tea brewed from the dried and removed skin/pulp of the coffee fruit. It brews a very pleasant tea with a honey-like sweetness, and fruit aroma. We will be selling it behind the bar as a tea, as well as part of a gift package with the Las Brumas coffee. Look for it to be released soon!