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Costa Rica San Francisco Honey

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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Stove Top

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About

We are so excited to be showcasing this honey lot Finca San Francisco in Tarrazu, Costa Rica this year.

This honey processed lot is beautifully sweet and bursting with  juicy notes of blackcurrant with soft peach and a syrupy caramel sweetness making this a super versatile option for both espresso and filter.

 

 

Key Stats

Location: Cordillera Central, TarrazuAltitude: 1,750 metres above sea levelPreparation: Honey Varietal: Caturra, CatuaiOwners: The Solis FamilyFlavours: Blackcurrant | Peach | Caramel

Details

COSTA RICA HAS BUILT AN INCREDIBLE REPUTATION FOR SPECIALTY COFFEE OVER THE LAST DECADE OR SO BECOMING INFAMOUS FOR ITS MICRO LOT PRODUCTION. IT IS ALSO QUICKLY BECOMING AN AMAZING LEADER ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TOO.

Traditionally, coffee from Costa Rica was bulked and sold – however the higher production costs made it impossible for the country to compete with neighbouring Nicaragua. Specialty coffee production has therefore become the focus. Finca San Francisco is a 12 hectare farm that has been owned by the Solis family since 1965 – Edgar, his wife Ligia and son Willian are the second generation to take over production here. Edgar is very passionate about issues of environmental responsibility and he is working towards organic production, much of what he does right now is in line with biodynamic farming principles – he champions intercropping and agroforestry by planting coffee trees with avocado, banana and citrus trees.

Perhaps more excitingly, Edgar’s son Willian has made quite a name for himself competing nationally in coffee competitions having dedicated his time to brewing the past four years. It is really encouraging to hear of younger interest in coffee and so nice to know Willian is planning to take over the farm when his dad retires.

Coffee grown on San Francisco tends to benefit from a slower maturation of cherries. Edgar and his team of 15 pickers religiously take the Brix reading of the cherries throughout the season to understand when is best to harvest them based on the sugar content. Processing has become streamlined thanks to the extra 50 raised beds that had to be installed last year to assist with the influx of cherries from neighbouring growers across the region. Upon delivery at the centre of ASOPROAAA (featured in the video), the Brix reading is taken again to ascertain how to process the cherries: washed, natural or honey. This year we have chosen this deliciously sweet syrupy honey processed lot.

Brew Guides

Espresso

Grind Setting: Very fineBrew Time: 26-28 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 17g : 35-37g
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Aeropress

Grind Setting: Medium (slightly finer than for Pour Over)Brew Time: 2 minutesCoffee:Water 15-17g : 200ml
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French Press

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 3 minutes 30 secondsCoffee:Water 19g : 250ml
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Stove Top

Grind Setting: Fine (slightly coarser than for espresso)Brew Time: Dependent on size and heating sourceCoffee:Water 22g : 250ml (though dependent on size of Stove Top)
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Delivery Details

Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm – just ring the doorbell on arrival. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂

Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched. We are currently operating with a 2-3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. If you have ordered a Nova Bakehouse cookie kit, this will be posted on the next available Tuesday along with any other items you have ordered. 

 

 

Customer Reviews

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B.L.
Costa Rica

Lovely once again x

I
I.W.
Awesome coffee!

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K
K.
Delicious Coffee

I really enjoyed the coffee made with Costa Rica coffee. Very fruity. Juicy mouth feel. I couldn't taste the grape in there but that my be lack in my pallet as when I did my first cup and let it cool down a bit, I felt like I would bite real crisp but juicy and sweat pear that was sprinkled with hazelnuts. Definitely will order it again in some point.

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A.J.
Easy like Sunday morning....

A rich but smooth coffee. Very drinkable.

r
r.t.
Beautifully balanced

Part of our post-Xmas order, Costa Rica seemed something new and exotic. It provided the lift we needed in these cold, winter mornings. Combination of nutty cereal and honey sweetness. A warm, mellow feeling.

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