||Costa Rica Don Mayo Finca Bella Vista Yellow Honey Caturra 2014
So this has a big long name – let me explain. Don Mayo is the micro mill name: this is where the coffee is milled and processed. The Finca Bella Vista is the farm name. It's very close to the mill and is owned by Hector Bonilla and his family. We will also have the coffee of another one of the family’s farms this year, which is right next door.
Finca Bella Vista is located at an altitude of 1,900 metres in the Tarrazú region. This coffee is one of our offerings and came from my Costa Rica visit in February 2011, I've since been back in January 2013 too.
It's also a coffee with a pedigree, winning the 2009 Cup of Excellence competition, and is one of the most highly regarded coffees in the Tarrazu region. There was a time when coffees from the Tarrazú region would fetch a high price on just the name alone. A super interesting coffee, but the quality over the past ten years or so has seen the coffee plummet, whilst other regions (I'm thinking Naranjo and Central as ones that stand out) have raised their game. This particular coffee from Tarrazú is of a small minority that seems to be bucking the general trend and working hard to make the coffee as good as it can be. This coffee gives me huge hope for the future of Tarrazú.
The farm was an amazing example of how a professional farm and mill should be. Everything at the mill is impeccably clean, tidy, and organised to the point of obsession. I think when it comes to running a good farm and mill it's okay to be obsessive about what you're doing. Little things like hats for the staff working in the mill, labels on the lots that are clear and readable; all very small and tiny things, but things that make the difference in quality.
This is the third year of this coffee, and was found after I cupped around 250 blind samples in three days from a whole heap of farms. Some just different days' pickings, some different varietals and processes.
In the cup expect an amazing honey sweetness; not just in taste, but in its amazing mouthfeel. In that honey loveliness there are tinned peaches and dried apricots, which is super elegant and has a lovely smooth, long, finish. I'm very excited to have this coffee on our direct trade relationships and I hope that it's a coffee we all love over the coming years.
Farm: Finca Bella Vista
Micro Mill:Don Mayo
Farmer: Hector Bonilla
City: Llano Bonito de León Cortes
Altitude: 1900 masl
Processing System: Yellow honey (pulped Natural) and sun dried
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Honey sweetness, tinned peaches, dried apricots, elegant, lovely smooth long finish.
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