||Costa Rica Zarcero Finca La Casa Yellow Honey Cattura 2013
This coffee is grown by Gillio Francesa Ferraro, a mature guy whom I met on my trip to Costa Rica last year. We have a rule at Has Bean that if you're over 40 you can be a character (under 40 and a character makes you just weird). Well, Gillio is the perfect example of a character. The first thing he said to me was that my belly looked as if I ate too much, and that I should lose some weight (I was in the midst of exercising and dieting) but his brutal honesty was refreshing, if not a little quirky.
The thing that made me smile was that he was driving an old Jeep that was falling apart (he told me it was from the 60's), but the best part was that the engine was a Dormans engine, built in Stafford, UK. My father-in-law and two brothers-in-law all work at the factory, and it was amazing to be in a foreign clime and see something so linked to home.
This is not your typical Costa Rican coffee. Forget all that has come before: this is a unique cup. It's a Caturra, with a growing altitude of 1700 masl and it is located in the Western Valley area of Zarcero. It comes from one of his two farms, this one called Finca La Casa (which just means farm at home). The land around his house is rugged and difficult to farm, but Gillio manages to get the very best out of it, working the land every day, even at the age of 82.
In the cup expect the honey processed sweet cup; super, super sweet, think sugar on sugar with a little more sugar, but there is an interesting spice undertone, something floral, and it finishes like caramelised sugar. Yes, it's sweet.
Producer name: Gillio Francesa Ferraro
Region: West Valley
Area: Zarcero, 2 Hectors 1700 masl
Production: 150 bags/year
Workers: 20 harvest pickers, 4-5 farm workers, 2 mill workers
Pulping: Penagos technology from Colombia – Fully Washed Mechanical elimination of mucilage Drying: 100% “honey” process on African beds
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Sweet, sweet, sweet, floral, spicy, did I mention sweet?
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