The super rare Bernardina variety was first discovered in 2008 on Finca Los Bellotos by farm manager Ruperto Bernardino Merche, from whom it gets its name. He noticed five different looking trees from which the fruit smelt and tasted different, giving notes of peach, papaya, and mango. Genetic testing revealed that the trees were originally from the Agaro region in Ethiopia, had somehow made it to El Salvador in the 1930s, and survived undiscovered until today.
To preserve Bernardina, the Pacas Family began to propagate seedlings on another of their farms, Finca El Retiro, from which this lot is derived. This lot has undergone natural processing by drying whole cherries on raised beds. This creates a coffee with a sweet and syrupy profile.