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Costa Rica San Francisco Lots

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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Stove Top

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About

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 🙂

 

Key Stats

Location: Cordillera Central, TarrazuAltitude: 1,750 metres above sea levelPreparation: Honey and NaturalVarietal: Caturra, CatuaiOwners: The Solis FamilyFlavours: Dependent on process

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. 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…

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

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.

Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road, please note we are still operating social distancing so ring the doorbell when you arrive and we can pass your order through the door. 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 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!

 

 

Customer Reviews

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PLEASE READ THE ONE I'VE ALREADY WRITTEN 8 DAYS AGO!!!
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Worth the money for the honey
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This year's favourite so far.