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We are so excited to be showcasing two lots from Finca San Francisco in Tarrazu, Costa Rica this year. We have chosen a honey and a natural processed lot to display the difference in cup profile that can be brought about by processing and fermentation. Why not try both to see for yourself?!
The honey processed lot is beautifully sweet and bursting with flavours of ripe pear, white grape and hints of hazelnut. The acidity is mellow but lingering and is accompanied by a creamy mouthfeel – we recommend serving this without milk via V60 or Aeropress.
The natural is full of bolder notes of black grape, prune and brown sugar. Beautifully balanced, heavy in body and superbly sweet – this coffee is a great option for espresso.
We would love to know which you prefer?! If you do want to buy this coffee as a tasting pack with different grind preferences, please specify this detail in the notes section upon checkout 🙂
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. Coffee grown in this manner 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. This year’s harvest was made somewhat easier thanks to the consistent flowering across the farm last year which enabled picking to be completed within two weeks. However, unexpected rains when picking provided some challenges when getting the coffee to the ASOPROAAA processing centre. An extra 50 raised beds had to be installed this year to assist with the influx of cherries from growers across the region. Upon delivery at the centre, the Brix reading is taken again to ascertain how to process the cherries: washed, natural or honey. We managed to secure 2 lots this year a honey and a natural – the honey has had the skin of the cherry removed before drying whilst the natural lot has been dried as a full cherry. This simple difference in the process produces a pretty huge variance in the cup profile of these two lots…
We are usually able to dispatch orders received before midnight the next day – due to the current situation with Covid-19 please understand this may take up to 4-5 working days as we are now operating with a smaller team.
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We use the Royal Mail First Class service to post orders and have been notified they are experiencing delays of up to 7-10 working days – we promise it will be worth the wait but appreciate your patience during these crazy times!
It's STILL 5 stars and STILL the best this year. Do you read your own site? LOL!!!
Costa Rica San Francisco Lots
The honey process was lovely and sweet, with the hazelnut flavour adding a lovely depth and mouthfeel.
Normally a 'fruitier the better' kind of coffee drinker, I was intrigued by the article on grower & the flavour combinations of both lots. However, I decided on just one, the honeyed, as I really wanted to try the Honduran macerated & never like to have more than two bags on the go at one time!!!
I CERTAINLY chose well!!! This coffee is absolutely amazing. Starts very sweet & almost toffeeish when hot, but as it cools a bit it reveals delicate, sweet, gentle fruitiness. It's SO good that I'm not going to eat or drink ANYTHING until the last of the lingering pleasure of these flavours subsides completely. Now, 30 minutes after draining out the very last drop from the cup, I'm STILL enjoying the amazing tastes inside my mouth!!! Truly wonderful coffee...... as you'd expect from North Star!!!!
I can't wait until this afternoon, when I'm aiming to try the Honduran too!!! Surely, it can't match this one...........or can it??