||Costa Rica Don Mayo Finca Bella Vista Yellow Honey Caturra 2018
Okay, so this coffee has a big long name, but it's all important information. We should break the name down ...
Costa Rica (I'm guessing you worked this bit out!) is the country the coffee's from.
'Don Mayo' is the name of the micro mill where the coffee is milled and processed.
'Finca Bella Vista' is the farm that the coffee was grown on.
'Yellow Honey' is the processing method (if you want to learn a little more about processing, be sure to check out our processing videos).
Caturra is the varietal of coffee bean (there's more information about Caturra available in our varietal archive).
See, I told you it was all important stuff!
Finca Bella Vista is located at an altitude of 1,900 metres above sea level in the Tarrazú region of Costa Rica, and I first came across this coffee on my visit to the country in February 2011. I knew right then that it was a coffee for people like me. The farm is very close to the Don Mayo mill, and it's owned by Hector Bonilla and his family.
This coffee is a coffee with a pedigree, winning the 2009 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence competition, and it's one of the most highly regarded coffees in the Tarrazú region.
There was a time when coffees from the Tarrazú region would fetch a high price on just the name alone. It's a super interesting region for coffee, but the past ten years or so has seen the region's coffee quality plummet whilst other regions (I'm thinking of Naranjo and Central as ones that stand out) have raised their game. This particular farm from Tarrazú is one of a small minority that seem to be bucking the general trend and working hard to make their coffee as good as it can be. This coffee gives me huge hope for the future of Tarrazú.
The farm is an amazing example of how professional a farm and a mill should be. Everything at the mill is impeccably clean, and it's tidy and organised to the point of obsession. I think when it comes to running a good farm and mill it's okay to be obsessive about what you're doing. It's little things like hats for the staff working in the mill, and labels on the lots that are clear and readable; they're all very small and tiny things, yet they're things that make the difference in quality.
This is the sixth (!) year that we've had this coffee after I originally found it while cupping around 250 blind samples in three days from a whole heap of farms. Some of those were just different days' pickings, and some were from different varietals and processes.
In the cup I want you to think single cream meeting sweet red grapes. As it cools you'll find milk chocolate and a thick but silky mouthfeel.
Country: Costa Rica
City: Llano Bonito de León Cortes
Farm: Finca Bella Vista
Micro mill: Don Mayo
Farmer: Hector Bonilla
Altitude: 1,900 m.a.s.l.
Processing method: Yellow Honey
Medium - get through first crack but don't you go letting second start!
"Quick Look" Guide
Single cream, red grape, milk chocolate, silky.
Note: Cupping Scores for Sweetness, Flavour, Balance & Overall are all actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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