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Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright

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El Salvador- Montenevado Estate Anaerobic Natural

Merry & Bright is our answer to creating a festive vibe for your holiday season. Each year we look for a coffee that might highlight unique processing, variety or beautiful acidity.

This coffee is bursting with all those sweet flavors. Always a good gift for the coffee nerd in your life, M&B is made to accompany all your holiday moments. Brew it on the chilly mornings, or pair with dessert at a family dinner. However and wherever you drink it, M&B is all about celebrating the season with bright beautiful flavors.

Flavor profile: Fruit cocktail, cranberry, brandied cherry

Variety: Pacamara

Process: Anaerobic Natural

Elevation: 1600 masl

Importer: Direct Relationship


About the producer and the processing:

We've been working with our dear friend, Mario Selva for 3 years now and for those of you familiar with Montenevado Estates, this natural lot is going to blow you away.

Mario grew up around coffee farming. His grandfather owned a farm and so Mario is passionate about continuing the tradition. The farm is divided into 3 sections. Each section is home to many different varieties. This coffee comes from a section called "Quemela" where the highly coveted Pacamara is exclusively grown. 

After ripe coffee cherry was picked the coffee was then processed in fermentation tanks (barrels) inside a temperature controlled room.  The coffee cherry and mucilage start to break down and create carbon dioxide and other gasses, which push the oxygen out of the lid through a 1-way valve . After 72 hours of fermentation, the coffee cherry is then moved to raised African beds and raked every 2-3 hours to ensure even drying. Once the moisture is reaches 10.5% they are then rested in Grain Pro bags for 45 days before being dry milled and ready to head to us.

In April 2021, we visited Montenevado in person and spend three whole days with Mario and his farm manager Juan Carlos. One of the days, the 4 of us hiked all over the farm using a refractometer to measure the sugar levels of individual coffee cherries. Each cherry seemed to read higher than the last. Coffee cherries don't have much meat on them, but these were incredibly sweet none the less! 

We hope you enjoy this coffee and our connection to it as much as we do.
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