Costa Rica - Alajuela, Central Valley

Notes: Dark Chocolate, Pear, Red Berry

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Roast: Light-Medium
Variety:Red Catuai
Process:Yellow Honey
Altitude: 1200 - 1300 m.a.s.l
Producer:Luis & Diego Guardia - Hacienda Sonora
Notes:Pear, Red Berry, Dark Chocolate

This coffee from Hacienda Sonora is part of a family operation that goes back five generations in Costa Rica's West Valley region. The Guardia family have farmed coffee here for more than 100 years, historically selling their harvest to large mills, as was the norm. That all changed in the late 90's with the micro-mill revolution that swept Costa Rica, and, seeing value in controlling their coffee quality through to export, the family erected their own small milling operation at their farm. Currently under the management of Diego Guardia, the farm has decided to move away from more water intensive process methods, favoring honey and dry process instead. This is considered a "yellow honey", in that roughly 50% of the fruit mucilage is left intact after depulping, and isn't removed until after the coffee is fully dried (to 10-11% moisture). This process method can impact the cup flavors and physical characteristics too. In the case of this coffee, it possesses fruit and wine-like notes, big body, no doubt tied to process method. Hacienda Sonora sits at 1300 meters above sea level, and is planted in a variety of cultivars, including this "Centroamericano" separation, which is a first-generation hybrid with some resistance to leaf rust. 

Note: To ensure the highest quality, all coffee is roasted to order. This can take 24 - 72 hours after the order has been received and according to the roasting schedule. You will be notified through email when the order has shipped or is ready for local pickup.