||Costa Rica Finca El Potrero Bourbon White Honey 2014
This coffee is one of five we have from this farm and mill. On my visit this year I asked the guys if it would be possible to prepare 3 different honeys for me. A white honey (THIS COFFEE), a red honey and a black honey. They told me they could do better than that and threw in a washed version and a black honeyed geisha too.
So, what is honeying I hear you say. When the coffee cherry is picked you either leave the cherry on (natural processing) or remove it fairly shortly after picking. When you remove the seed from the fruit (the coffee bean as we know it) there's a sticky mucilage that's usually removed using fermentation for washed processing (as this one is). This requires an amount of water and can pollute local rivers and streams (don't worry they're processing the water at the mill in this case). Add to this the problem of a general lack of water in Costa Rica, the pulped natural and honey process is a perfect solution. There is a kind of de-plulper that can remove this mucilage and can be set to to different degrees. It started off as three types but the range expanded over time; there is white honey (removes the most and this one), gold honey, yellow honey, red honey and black honey.
This coffee comes from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica, famous for its coffee growing. The mill is called Puente and San Jose, Leon Cortes region of Santa Cruz. The mill produces around 800 bags per year, so is fairly small scale.
El Potrero is around 22 hectares with 20 of these in coffee production and is at an altitude of 1,600 m.a.s.l. This is the white honey version of the coffee.
In the cup expect a lovely creamy mouthfeel, thats clean and transparent. It reminds me of those milk bottle sweets you get, sticky and sweet and creamy. The aftertaste is sweet and balanced.
Farm: Finca Potrero
Country: Costa Rica
Farm Size: 22 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 20 Hectares
Altitude: 1,600 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Villa Sarchí, Caturra, Typica, Bourbon, Geisha
Processing System: White Honey
Medium to medium dark, from before second to just into it, nowhere else. This one needs to be treated very carefully.
"Quick Look" Guide
Creamy, clean, milk bottle sweets, balanced
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