Costa Rica Herbazu Yellow Honey

Savory aromatics, winey fruit, toasted bread, bracing grapefruit bright notes, with glazed almond roast tones. City+ to Full City+
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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade SHB
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+: At lighter C+ roasts it has the brightest citrus accents.
Weight 1
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Herbazu is a well-known farm in the West Valley region, Naranjo Zarcero area, next door to the Sin Limites farm. 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). This was a lot we saved for late in the season using our gas-impermeable bags from GrainPro, with great results. It has all the vivid bright notes and clean cup character as when it shipped. Yellow Honey means this is a pulp natural lot where 80% of the fruity mucilage from the coffee cherry is left on the parchment. The result is that it dries to a golden-yellow color. It is quite similar to the sister-lot we had, Red Honey. It is just a tad brighter and cleaner, with slightly lighter body than the Red Honey Herbazu lot. But it is still very much a pulp natural coffee, and compared to wet-processed Costa rica it has a heightened sense of density to the mouthfeel, and a balance to the bright notes in the cup. The dry fragrance has a unique savory sweetness, and the wet aroma has hints of winey fruit accented by citrus, with an additional toasted bread aroma. It's a complex smell. The cup is dynamic and bright, with bracing pink grapefruit bright notes over glazed almond roast notes. It strikes an interesting sour-sweet balance, but finishes on the side of the later, with a twist of citrus rind to boot. The body is far heavier than standard wet-process Costa Rica coffees, and has a silky mouthfeel.