Fincas de la Familia Menendez at Panther Coffee: Beans Fit for a Queen
|Miguel Menendez (left) and Joel Pollock of Pather Coffee.|
More specifically, they told us about two coffees that are currently on the roster at Panther: Finca las Delicias and Finca Piedra Grande, both about 3 miles from each other in Apaneca, in the Ahuachapan Department of El Salvador.
These aren't your usual beans. The Menendez family ships their beans all over the world, including London, where their coffees make it to Buckingham Palace. Hey, if its good enough for the Queen its good enough for us.
Why have two farms so close together? Surprisingly, the two coffees tasted very different. Of course, some of that has to do with the way they are roasted, but Joel Pollock, owner and head roaster, tells us the difference in roasting times between the two is 15 seconds. The differences in flavor are mostly due to the differences in elevation, soil, and exposure to the elements.
|Miguel Menendez schools us on the intricacies of the coffee production process.|
|Sun-drying the beans on the clay patio.|
When Joel was asked whether he is able to improve the beans that he receives, he explained that his job is simply to bring out the best in the beans and thus the final product is only as good as the beans he receives from his producers. Lucky for us, there are producers like the Menendez family who put the effort into their coffees needed to make a brew fit for royalty.
|Joel's roaster -- making coffee beans delicious 15 to 18 pounds at a time|