Costa Rica Zarcero Finca La Casa Yellow Honey Caturra 2015

Summary

Bean name Costa Rica Zarcero Finca La Casa Yellow Honey Caturra 2015
Country Costa Rica
Region West Valley
Other info Varietal: Caturra

Description

In the cup you can expect to really taste the honey processing, it's a sweet cup; super, super sweet, think sugar on sugar with a little more sugar sprinkled on top. But there's also a little something floral, and an interesting spice undertone. It finishes with caramelised sugar, like nibbling on the top of a crème brûlée. Yes, it really is a sweet one!
Grind or green
Quantity
£5.50

DETAILSCUPPING NOTESCustomer reviews

This is a coffee is grown by the amazing Gillio Francesa Ferraro, a mature guy whom I met on my trip to Costa Rica a couple of years ago. We have a rule at Has Bean that if you're over 40 you can be a character (under 40 and a character makes you just weird). Well, Gillio is the perfect example of a character. The first thing he said to me was that my belly looked as if I ate too much, and that I should lose some weight. I was in the midst of exercising and dieting; his brutal honesty was refreshing, if not a little quirky.

The thing that made me smile was that he was driving an old Jeep which was falling apart (he told me it was from the 60s). The best part was that the engine was a Dorman engine; built in Stafford, UK. My father-in-law and two brothers-in-law all work at the factory, and it was amazing to be in a foreign location and see something so linked to home.

This is not your typical Costa Rican coffee. Forget all that has come before; this is a unique cup. It's a Caturra grown at an altitude of 1,700 metres above sea level. Gillio has 2 farms in Costa Rica, this one is called Finca La Casa (which just means “farm at home”) and can be found in the Western Valley area of Zarcero. The land around his house is rugged and difficult to farm; Gillio manages to get the very best out of it by working the land every day, even at the age of 82, I hope I'm half as active as he is when I get to that age!

In the cup you can expect to really taste the honey processing, it's a sweet cup; super, super sweet, think sugar on sugar with a little more sugar sprinkled on top. But there's also a little something floral, and an interesting spice undertone. It finishes with caramelised sugar, like nibbling on the top of a crème brûlée. Yes, it really is a sweet one!

Country: Costa Rica
Region: West Valley
Province: Alajuela
Micro-region: Zarcero
Farm: Finca La Casa
Producer name: Gillio Francesa Ferraro
Farm size: 2 Hectares
Altitude: 1,700 m.a.s.l.
Production: 150 bags/year
Varietal: Caturra
Workers: 20 harvest pickers, 4-5 farm workers, 2 mill workers
Pulping: Penagos technology from Colombia – Fully Washed Mechanical elimination of mucilage
Drying: 100% “honey” process on African beds

Roasting Information
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.

"Quick Look" Guide
Sweet, sweet, sweet, floral, spicy, did I mention sweet?

Good filter?
Yes

Good espresso?
Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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