||Costa Rica Zarcero La Casa Yellow Honey Caturra 2014
This coffee is grown by 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, with a growing altitude of 1,700 metres above sea level. It's from the Western Valley area of Zarcero. It comes from one of Gillio's two farms, this one called Finca La Casa (which just means “farm at home”). 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.
In the cup expect a honey processed sweet cup; super, super sweet, think sugar on sugar with a little more sugar. But there is also something floral, and an interesting spice undertone. It finishes like caramelised sugar. Yes, it's sweet.
Producer name: Gillio Francesa Ferraro
Farm: Finca La Casa
Region: West Valley
Area: 2 Hectares
Altitude: 1,700 m.a.s.l.
Production: 150 bags/year
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
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?
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