||Costa Rica Finca Kattia Herbazu Yellow Honey Process Villa Sarchi 2015
||Varietal: Villa Sarchí
An old favourite returns : ) But this time with a little more information.
Costa Rica Herbazu is a mill in the Naranjo region which is the sixth canton in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 126.62 square kilometres, and has a population of 45,005 people.
Herbazu isn't a million miles from another of our old favourites, the amazing and lovely Licho! Like Licho, this is a family-run concern. It consists of 13 micro farms, owned by 5 brothers and 8 sisters who all have a say in the running and development of this farm/mill. I was lucky enough to visit Herbazu and meet some of the family in February 2011, February 2013, and again last year in January 2014.
When I visited I was fortunate enough to cup nearly 20 different lots of coffee from this farm (different days' picking, different parts of the farms, different honeys of red and yellow), and this lot shone head and shoulders and little tippie-toes above them all. On a blind cupping table of over 130 coffees this was one of my favourites; it was super special, and I hope you are going to feel the same about it too.
In the cup straight away you're going to get loads and loads of sticky-sweet toffee. Then there's a blast of lemon acidity (think sweet lemons) before the toffee marches back in with a massive hit of Nutella chocolate spread. When brewed as espresso there is a hint of candy floss there too. Super sweet and delicious coffee.
Country: Costa Rica
Nearest City: Lourdes de Naranjo
Farm: Finca Kattia
Varietal: Villa Sarchí
Processing: Honey Process
Altitude: 1,500 - 1,600 m.a.s.l.
Owner: Hermanos Barrantes Zuñiga
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.
"Quick Look" Guide
Toffee, sticky, sweet, lemon, Nutella chocolate spread, candy floss.
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