Costa Rica: Edition 23.047
This coffee is Yellow Honey processed, which is just like the Pulped Natural method. The fruit is removed from the seed of the coffee bush and left to dry. The main difference is that there is no water involved when the cherry is removed, so mucilage sticks to the bean. This can be dangerous, but it's necessary in these parts of Costa Rica where water is limited: water is a precious commodity in this area of Naranjo, so this method suits the location very well.
The coffee ends up clustering whilst drying because there is so much mucilage. So the coffee either needs to be turned regularly to stop this happening, or it has to be broken up. Over-fermentation can happen at this stage and you can end up with a not-so-good cup, but the Aguileras are well-versed in this method and are some of the most skilled in Costa Rica.
A generous dollop of raspberry jam over a layer of marzipan sweetness makes this a deliciously sweet coffee. There's a twist of lemon zest alongside the raspberry and then a soft greengage and white grape on the finish which keeps it fresh and clean and pulls you back for another sip.
- Country: Costa Rica
- Region: Western Valley
- Province: Naranjo
- Farm: Finca Licho
- Producers: Los Hermanos Aguilera
- Farm size: 28 hectares
- Coffee growing area: 9.10 hectares
- Elevation: 1,500 m.a.s.l.
- Varietal: Villa Sarchi
- Processing system: Yellow Honey
Cupping Notes: Raspberry jam, marzipan, lemon zest, greengage, white grape.
Cup of Excellence Cupping Scores
- Clean cup: (1–8): 6
- Sweetness: (1–8): 7
- Acidity: (1–8): 6.5
- Mouthfeel:(1–8): 6
- Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
- Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
- Balance: (1–8): 7
- Overall: (1–8): 6.5
- Correction: (+36): +36
- Total (max. 100): 87.5
Medium-dark - Take this through first and let it slow, getting development if the sweet fruit and marzipan flavours but finishing the roast between cracks to keep it vibrant and fresh.
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Producer StoriesLearn more about coffee sourcing
We first bought from Finca Licho in 2007 when it was awarded fourth place in the Cup of Excellence. Situated 1,500 metres above sea level in the region of Naranjo, the farm is located in the volcanic Northern Cordiles corridor of the Western Valley, which is an area famous for the production of excellent quality coffee.Read more
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