Costa Rica Finca de Licho 2010-2011


Bean name Costa Rica Finca de Licho 2010-2011
Country Costa Rica
Region Naranjo
Other info Villa Sarchi with some Caturra (around 30%)


So an old favortie returns in this Costa Rican Licho, a coffee that we first bought in Cup of Excellence auctions a number of years back, in 2007, where it finished 4th. This is now its forth year with us and I'm super proud to offer it.

Grown in the region of Naranjo in the volcanic Northern Cordiles corridor by Edgar Aguilera, it is cultivated at an altitude of 1500 metres above sea level. The varietal is carefully selected Villa Sarchi with some Caturra (around 30%).

This coffee is subjected to what is called honey processing, which is like the pulped natural method, so the fruit is removed from the seed of the coffee bush and left to dry with the musilage on before being milled and the parchment removed. The main difference being that when the cherry is removed there is no water involved. In the 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 musilage, so it either needs to be turned regularly to stop this happening or it has to be broken up.

The grower, Edgar Aguilar Bonilla, started growing coffee around 50 years ago in the western region of the country. His sons, one of whom is Felipe, continue with the tradition, having formed a family association working arduously in the coffee business.

In the cup the first thing that hits you is sweet honey, then a gush of raspberry, just like last year. The aftertaste is smooth, developed and very, very clean. If the price put you off last year then don't miss out this time.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 8/8
Correction +36
Total 94

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