||Honduras Santa Lucia Natural Funky 2016
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2016
||Varietal: Red Catuai
Number 11 of 12, November 2016, in the #SSSSS 2016 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: Honduras Santa Lucia Natural Funky 2016
November just one more subscription after this before we mention the C word ! Before we worry about Santa and his Sleigh, let's get the postman on his way to you with a great coffee and from somewhere we don't normally buy coffee, Honduras.
We should dive into why I've bought a Honduran coffee and what's been the problem.
Honduras is a problem child in the world of coffee. Some excellent lots come from Honduras. I've tasted them both in the country and from early samples from the farm. But they rarely arrive as they left Honduras. They fade and they get old quicker than any other coffee origin I know.
Much of this is thought to do with the drying process and the port difficulties you have getting the coffee out (read as can sit on the port docks for weeks waiting for the ship to move them to blighty).
So I've always been very wary on spending lots of money on coffee that may not arrive as good as I would hope.
Step in my good friend Erwin Mierish (yes the same Erwin from last months #SSSSS) from Nicaragua. He decided to try and fix this problem the only way he knows how, by buying a Farm in Honduras and taking over the processing. He did this with another coffee colleague in coffee Mr Mark Dundon from a coffee roastery in Australia.
Erwin has completely changed the processing methods used in Honduras and brought his international know how (Erwin has travelled the world helping other coffee farmers make the best of their coffee farms and mills) and done what I thought was impossible, to produce coffee that tastes as good in England as it does in Honduras.
The farm is Santa Lucía and they are looking into making this farm a model farm. It is a total of 65 manzanas or around 47 hectares. They have ripped out most of the old coffee plantations in order to plant older higher quality varieties. Some of the coffees they have planted are Laurina (a naturally low caffeine producing plant), Orange Bourbon, Geisha, Yellow Bourbon, SL 28, Java Long berry and San Ramón. The 2016/2017 harvest will give them the first beans of the orange bourbon, Laurina and Geisha.
But they have left around 11 hectares of the old red Catuai that was originally planted in order to have some production and cover fixed costs. The lot 52 is a process experimentation they we have done in Honduras. It is a naturally funky that we have tried to copy from our Nicaraguan mill (the funky that I was part of and certainly involved in the naming). Drying non washed coffee at this farm is very difficult since it is very humid and the low temperatures for a farm in Central American. but they have really pulled it off. The altitude ranges from 1,550 to 1,700 meters above sea level.
So this is that red Catuai that's remained, and if this is a measure of the other coffees to come from new plant stock, bring it on.
So what can you expect when you brew this unique Honduran coffee?
In the cup expect RED !! Redcurrant, cranberry, rum and a brown sugar sweetness all the way through. A boozy and clean natural that's just for you guys here on #SSSSS
• Country: Honduras
• Municipality: Siguatepeque
• ?Region: Comayagua?
• Farm Name: Santa Lucia
• Farmer: Dr. Erwin Mierisch and Mark Dundon
• Farm Size: 47 Hectares
• Coffee growing area: 47 Hectares?
• Harvest Months: November - February
• Altitude: 1,600 m.a.s.l.?
• Varietal: Red Catuai
• Processing System: Funky Natural
There you go folks, good Honduras and Natural, just for you. : )
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
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