Peregrinations: Monthly Coffee Club
February 2010 selection
Costa Rica, Lourdes de Naranjo, Herbazu Farm
This surprising single estate coffee from Costa Rica behaves quite a bit like a top Kenyan! The cup starts with distinct citrus and mixed fruit aromas with a clear sweetness. The brightness in the cup is definitely lemon blended with berries following with deeper caramel-sweetness notes – very Kenya! A great example of a bright, complex Costa Rican.
From the Importer:
“Cafetalera Herbazu is a well-known farm in the West Valley region, the Lourdes de Naranjo area to be exact. It is on of the early pioneers in independent, small mill coffee farms, the work of the Barrantes family. They grow a type of Villa Sarchi cultivar that they have used for so long, it has become their own mutation in a way. It’s quite a short plant (Villa Sarchi is a dwarf mutation of Bourbon, as is Caturra). The mill and drying patios are right in the center of the farm, which ranges from 1550 to 1700 meters. They don’t employ much shade on the farm, and their particular type of Villa Sarchi seems adapted to this exposure. This offering is a wet-process style estate grade, which is a forced demucilage process (as opposed to traditional fermentation wet-process).”