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 The road up to Finca Las Delicias hugs the side of the mountain and goes down at a pretty steep angle.

The road up to Finca Las Delicias hugs the side of the mountain and goes down at a pretty steep angle.

The road up here to Finca Las Delicias is ridiculous. Don't even think about it if it's raining. But when you get up here to this spot, one of my all time favorite coffee spots, the beauty of the valley below comes into view, with Guatemala and Honduras just off in the distance, and the cool breezes kiss around the mountain, and time slows down, and all is right with the world. And I'm pretty sure that all your troubles, however big or small they may be, probably aren't able to follow you all the way up here because no one up here seems to do anything but smile.

 Pacamara ripens in the El Salvador sun.

Pacamara ripens in the El Salvador sun.

The story of Brown and Las Delicias goes back seven years, when one day I was working at HQ, just doing some whatever, when the door opens and three fellows I've never met before said to me, "Hi, we're farmers from El Salvador. We have really great coffee and we think we might be a good match for you." Skeptical by nature, I said something like, "Well, what are you doing here in December, when there are no coffee samples for you to give me?"  Miguel Jr., Guillermo and their uncle Louis just smiled and said, "Just wait. You'll see." And they were right. The samples arrived a couple months later. I roasted and cupped them. And they were indeed beautiful. Sublime. Sweet and well-structured with a crisp acidity. Exactly the kind of coffee I build in my mind when I'm thinking about what a great El Salvador coffee is like.  We quickly found a place for it in our lineup and now, seven harvests later, we still count the Menendezes as some of our favorite coffee people. Our friendship, like their coffee, is the kind of relationship I build in my mind when I'm thinking about what great coffee friendships are like.

 It's very difficult to get a decent shot of Miguel Menendez Sr., pictured at the right here, because he's constantly on the move. He knows his farms and his mill inside and out, having been in the trade for decades. His sons, Miguel Jr and Guillermo live here in the US for most of the year and help coordinate Stateside sales. 

It's very difficult to get a decent shot of Miguel Menendez Sr., pictured at the right here, because he's constantly on the move. He knows his farms and his mill inside and out, having been in the trade for decades. His sons, Miguel Jr and Guillermo live here in the US for most of the year and help coordinate Stateside sales. 

And now it's just about time again for their coffees to arrive. For sure we'll have some FINCA LAS DELICIAS in the mix. And this year we've got a surprise coffee from them to debut to the world. So sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of our labors as I climb to the top of beautiful mountains and look out over the peaceful valley below at the beauty of God's green earth.