||Costa Rica Finca La Cumbre de San Luis Red Honey Caturra PATIO 2014
This is another of our fine Costa Ricans, but this one is a little bit special as it's an experiment that the producer has done.
The farm is called Finca La Cumbre and is in the San Luis de Grecia area of the central valley on the edges of the capital city San Jose. It's owned by Allan Oviedo who is a second generation grower, and although taking over from his father 12 years ago when he passed away has worked on the farm his whole life. Don Joel’s name lives on though as Allan named the micro mill after his father, Allan is married with two children.
As I said this was an experiment that Allan wanted to do. He decided to take one sample lot (this one) and pulp to a yellow honey (this is where the cherry is removed and some of the musicale, yellow not being so much), and dry 100% on the patio which takes around 7 - 9 days depending on the weather. He noticed that this lot was a darker red than the other lot.
The other lot can be found here and went through exactly the same pulping process, but was dried for four days on some raised beds, then transferred to the drying patio for around 7 days to finish off. Allan noted this was a much lighter red.
The experiment was in full swing when I visited the farm and he asked both me and the exporter for our cupping opinions on it, we both noticed something quite different.
In the cup this is sweet, with a candyfloss type finish and a very interesting acidity that reminds me of pineapple. Sharp and clean and delicious acidity.
Mill: Don Joel San Luis
Farm: Finca La Cumbre
Processing: Honey Process
Altitude: 1600 metres above sea level
Owner: Allan Oviedo
City: San Luis de Grecia
Region: West Valley
Drying Method: Sun Dried 100% Patio
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.
"Quick Look" Guide
Clean, sweet, pineapple, sharp acidity, candyfloss.
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