Costa Rica Finca La Cumbre de San Luis Red Honey Caturra RAISED BED 2014


Bean name Costa Rica Finca La Cumbre de San Luis Red Honey Caturra RAISED BED 2014
Country Costa Rica
Region West Valley
Other info Varietal: Caturra


This is another of our fine Costa Ricans, but this one is a little bit special as its 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 this lot and pulp to a yellow honey (this is where the cherry is removed but some of the musicale remains, yellow removing most of the mucilage). Allan then started the drying process on a raised bed for around four days then transferred to the drying patio for around 7 days to finish off. Allan noted this was a much lighter red than the sample he did.

The other lot can be found here and went through exactly the same pulping process, but was dried 100% on the patio as normal. Allan noted this was a much darker red than this raised bed lot.

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, the candyfloss type finish from the patio dried coffee remains and is actually more dominant. The acidity and pineapple also remain but in a slightly toned down style, and an increase in body, aftertaste and mouthfeel.

Mill: Don Joel San Luis
Farm: Finca La Cumbre
Varietal: Caturra
Processing: Honey Process
Altitude: 1600 metres above sea level
Owner: Allan Oviedo
City: San Luis de Grecia
Region: West Valley
Drying Method: Sun Dried - 50% Raised Beds & 50% Patio

Roasting Information
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.

"Quick Look" Guide
Huge mouthfeel, sweet, pineapple, candyfloss.

Good filter?

Good espresso?

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 93

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