Finca Las Mercedes

Silky smooth and juicy with notes of sweet mandarin and caramel, full body and mild acidity with a long aftertaste. 


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  • Country: Colombia
  • Region: Antioquia.
  • Farm: Las Mercedes
  • Owner: Alfonso Eduardo Guerra and Olga Escobar.
  • Processing: Fully washed and dried on raised bed.
  • Altitude: 1,800 to 2,100 meters above sea level.
  • Varietal: Caturra and Colombia.

Located in the temperate climate and mountainous terrain of southwest Antioquia, Finca Las Mercedes has the perfect altitude and climate for producing excellent quality coffee as well as playing host to a diversity of native flora and fauna. In this ideally situated terrain, the Guerra family have dedicated 150 of their 386 extensive hectares to coffee. The rest of the farm lies under native forest – some 236 hectares devoted entirely as nature and watershed preserve. 

Don Alfonso’s son, Juan Carlos Guerra, will be the fourth generation in his family to farm coffee and is now actively involved in the activities of the farm. Under his influence, the farm has increasingly focused on quality improvements and speciality coffee production. The farm’s Caturra and Colombia trees are painstakingly maintained and to marry productivity and environmental stewardship. Plots are fertilized twice annually and all control of pests and illnesses are done using products that are certified as being friendly to wildlife. 

One strategy in the farm’s move towards speciality coffee has been to invest a great deal of time and energy into processing and lot differentiation. These efforts increase every year, and with the ideal natural conditions of Las Mercedes – including the elevation and climatic conditions – we expect the quality of Las Mercedes’ coffees (already very high) to only improve in the coming years. 

All coffee at Las Mercedes is selectively hand harvested before being delivered to the farm’s state-of-the-art mill to be pulped on the same day. After pulping the coffee is fermented twice. The first fermentation is anaerobic, occurring at cool temperatures for 25 hours. Afterwards, the coffee is fermented aerobically for an additional 25 hours before being ecoppuled, fully washed and graded via the canal. Next, beans are delivered to dry on raised beds, where they are regularly turned until they reach optimal humidity. 

Roast level: medium roast.

Las Mercedes is very delicious in every kind of coffee method.