Malty roast tones in the lighter roast, as well as toasted almond, orange biscuits, and honey. As it cools the body seems increasingly dense and creamy. Darker roasts have more bittersweet notes and semi-sweet chocolate roast tones, but retain the hints of orange sweetness in the cup. City to Full City+.
Finca San Franscisco is a unique farm in the area of Leon Cortez de Tarrazu. It has great altitude and idea exposure to the sun on a south facing slope. This helps with the abundant growth of the coffee fruit and acts as a natural defense against coffee plant blights such as leaf fungus (Roya and Ojo de gallo) that affect farms where the plants lack strong morning sun to dry the leaves. San Francisco is part of a larger farm called La Loma with a lower, flatter section called La Ladera, then a rapidly inclining slope which is San Francisco, peaking at 1800 meters. Above this is a separate section called Bella Vista, which we offer as a different lot. The farm is owned by the Bonilla-Solis family, as is the Don Mayo mill that is run by Hector and Pablo Bonilla. It is ideal since, in the case of this farm, since they own their own cherry production, and don't have to compete to buy the cherry against other local buyers, and can manage the quality from the tree through the picking and processing.
As one might imagine, the cup has much in common with Bella Vista, the sister lot located just up the slope on this steeply inclined farm. The dry fragrance is very sweet, with honey to caramel notes, laced with vanilla. There's an aromatic nut quality in the light roast, praline almonds and butter. The wet aroma has the same sweet qualities with an added cocoa scent, and with slightly herbal floral notes as well, sage blossom and heather. The cup has malty roast tones in the lighter roast, as well as toasted almond, orange biscuits, and honey. As it cools the body seems increasingly dense and creamy, a nice feature among Costa Rica coffees that can seem thin at times. Darker roasts, predictably, have more bittersweet notes and semi-sweet chocolate roast tones, but retain the hints of orange sweetness in the cup.