||Costa Rica Finca Angelina Yellow Honey Villa Sarchi 2013
||Varietal: Villa Sarchí
I love working with coffee producers who I know and trust. But knowing and trusting takes lots of time and effort and is tough to scale up. So when you have worked with a family for 6 years, and they present you with a sample of one of their other farms you didn't know about, and it’s tasty and delicious, you can’t help but be happy.
Grown in the region of Naranjo in the volcanic Northern Cordiles corridor of the Western Valley by the Aguilera brothers (from Licho fame), this coffee is cultivated at an altitude of 1500 metres above sea level. The varietal is carefully selected Villa Sarchi.
This coffee is honey processed, which is like the pulped natural method, so the fruit is removed from the seed of the coffee bush and left to dry. The main difference is that when the cherry is removed there is no water involved so mucilage sticks to the bean. This can be dangerous, but it's necessary in these parts of Costa Rica where water is limited; in this area of Naranjo water is a precious commodity, so this method suits the location very well.
Whilst drying, the coffee ends up clustering because there is so much mucilage. So it either needs to be turned regularly to stop this happening or it has to be broken up. Over-fermentation can happen at this stage and you can end up with a not-so-good cup. But the Aguilera brothers are well versed in this method and are some of the most skilled in Costa Rica.
In the cup you can see the relationship between here and Licho; its sweet chocolate, a lovely fruit acidity, and a thick honey-like texture. Where they differ is in this lovely orange zestiness.
Farmer: Aguilera Family
Country: Costa Rica
Farm Size: 15 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 8 Hectares
Altitude: 1500 masl
Variety: Villa Sarchí
Processing System: Yellow Honey Coffee (Pulped Natural)
Medium to medium dark, from before second to just into it, nowhere else. This one needs to be treated very carefully.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Oranges, zingy, honey, chocolate, smooth, very clean.
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