||Costa Rica Farami Tarrazú Red Catuai Red Honey 2017
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2017
||Varietal: Red Catuai
Number 3 of 12, March 2017, in the #SSSSS 2017 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: Costa Rica Farami Tarrazú Red Catuai Red Honey 2017
Merry March everyone! ????????????
OK OK so I know it's not March until tomorrow but your #SSSSS coffee for March is on its way ???? today is all about pancakes let's be honest, but when you wake up tomorrow in the month of March covered in golden syrup or lemon and sugar or Nutella and banana or whatever you put in/on your pancakes I hope this delicious coffee isn't too far away ????????????
So what did everyone think of Buziraguhindwa last month then? ???????? enjoy it? I enjoy just trying to say it nevermind drinking it! But drinking it is definitely more enjoyable than trying to say it, oof super tasty right?! I'm not too bad at this coffee stuff ey ????????
This month we're off to the rather famous Tarrazú Valley in Costa Rica to visit Farami de Dota ????????????
The name of the farm comes from a bit of clever wordplay by the 2 producers, Juan Luis Fallas and Maria Eugenia Ramirez, Fallas and Ramírez, Farami...see what they did there?
Twenty years ago Mr. Fallas and Mrs. Ramírez started producing coffee and today...well, you can judge how they're doing for yourself when you take your first sip.
In the early days they joined the Santa María de Dota Cooperative as partners. In 2007 the company implemented Integral Teaching Farm practices, which allow for management of the soil with consideration to the environment and dedicated development of organic farming materials. In 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock recognized the stellar environmental responsibility of the company, and collaborated to acquire a micro-mill, which contributed to their independence and facilitated direct selling of their coffee for export.
The coffee produced is characterized by its suuuuuper high quality, the use of organic materials in the integral activities at the farm and its geographical location. In 2010 the commercial brand – FARAMI- was registered to identify the coffee. A brand which represents their effort, family origins, and other shared values.
As well as producing super tasty coffee Farami is also a working farm, somewhere that pigs and chicken and birds are actively farmed side by side with the coffee. This year they have expanded the farm by buying some neighbouring land for coffee, and are generally working hard to be a beacon of sustainability for farming and coffee production in Costa Rica
Not content with just coffee and animals the farm will also soon be producing its own electricity with a water and wind turbine, and using the wastewater and animal waste to make biofuel to cook with.
They're aiming to be the first “Blue Flag” awarded coffee farm in Costa Rica (we think the world too). In case you haven't heard of the Blue Flag scheme (c'mon folks! ????) it's a sign of environmental and sustainability issues being addressed, and is the highest award that can be given to a building or institution ????
Let's try a super simple wrap up of the farm...what I know is that they produce super tasty coffee, are a former Cup of Excellence award winner (2015 29th, 2014 17th and 2013 3rd), are amazing people and a top notch super duper farm!
Farami is a farm we have been working with for over 5 years now, but you will probably never have heard of it.
This is a coffee I buy for our friends in Ireland at 3fe and they love love love it. When I was thinking about coffees for #SSSSS this year Farami popped into my head so I had a word with 3fe and they have very kindly said we can have a few bags for you lucky lot ????
Didn't know about the 3fe connection? Oh yeah me and Col go waaaaaay way back! Click on our faces above to see what the folks at 3fe have to say about me ???? (and to see a really cool picture of me at Salar de Uyuni)
Now you know I love any chance I can get to talk about my travels because I genuinely LOVE ???? my job and think I'm fortunate to have 1 of the very best in the world! ???????? I visited Farami on my recent trip to Costa Rica and of course snapped a load of piccies, you can find an album of them on Flickr if you'd like to have a look through ???????? just click on either of the pictures below to be transported to the land of Flickr ???? #hascopter
???? "how does it taste Steve?"
In the cup the first thing you get is a super sweet and sticky candy floss. That’s balanced by a gentle lemon acidity and a shoulder of dark chocolate on the finish. The aftertaste is beautifully long, sweet and moreish.
Country: Costa Rica
Nearest City: Santa María de Dota
Farm: Farami de Dota
Producers: Juan Luis Fallas and Maria Eugenia Ramirez
Altitude: 1,600-1,700 m.a.s.l.
Processing Method: Red Honey
Varietal: Red Catuai
Byeeeeeeeee bye everybody! I'm off to find myself some pancakes and a cup of Farami because mwhaha I've already got this coffee and you haven't but that's why it's called Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription because it's miiiine! ???? but I love sharing it with you I really do, and if I could share my Chemex with you I totally would because what's the point of having amazing coffee if you can't share it with people you care about? ????
See you again next month folks, same time same place same channel ????
"Quick Look" Guide: Candy floss, lemon, dark chocolate.
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