COSTA RICA - Santa Lucia Organic

COSTA RICA - Santa Lucia Organic
Tasting Notes

Smooth lemon butter body with a classic Costa Rica biscuit mid-palate and a golden syrup finish. All balanced by perfectly weighted, zesty citric acidity and mild tropical fruit flavours. Very clean and well processed.


Provenance

Country : Costa Rica
 Vintage : 2014
Region : Naranjo,West Valley
 Altitude : 1750 m
Farm : Santa Lucia, Helsar de Zarcero
 Varietal : Caturra, Villalobos
Farmer : Ricardo Perez Barrantes
 Processing : Honey

Background

Helsar Organic coffee is grown and processed by the partnership of Ricardo Perez Barrantes and the brothers Marvin and Felipe Rodriguez. The coffee is from the Santa Lucia organic farm that is adjacent to the mill. Both their West Valley farm and their mill are exemplars of sustainable practices. Their organic coffee is grown on their own multi-certified farm from a mixture of Caturra, Catuai and Villalobos varietals. The mill is just steps away from the farm and Helsar also processes coffee for at least a dozen other growers there. Each coffee is processed separately and to the exacting standards of each grower.

The Santa Lucia is honey processed (semi-washed) meaning that just the smallest amount of mucilage is left to dry on the husk; this imparts a slight fruitiness once the coffee has been fully dried and milled. The patios at Helsar are covered to dry to the coffee more slowly. The mill uses the latest in low impact aqua pulping machinery.

Helsar has just been certified by the CCA (Climate Control Action) organisation and is certified organic by USDA.

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