Costa Rica ML Garcilazo H17 Honey

Costa Rica

Costa Rica ML Garcilazo H17 Honey

honey graham - toffee - peach cobbler

Regular price $15.95 Sale


 REGION: Tres Rios    FARM:  Garcilazo Farm    FARMER: Garcilazo Farm, Sustainable Management Systems, Costa Rica (ECOM)   VARIETAL: Chicatona / H17, (Catuai x Ethiopian “ET 59A2”)      ALTITUDE: 1400 M
PROCESS: Honey     ROAST: Medium

 

Notes of honey graham and cocoa on the nose transcending in the cup to more caramel and toffee. Adding stone fruit of peach, more specifically peach cobbler providing buttery and smooth mouth feel. A comforting and sweet coffee to enjoy.

 

Garcilazo is owned by Alice Soto. Through the years she has grown to love coffee production and had hopes to keep the farm legacy for generations to come. However, as with many coffee growing families around the world, the younger generations do not wish to work the land and also note productivity and climate change being extra challenging. SMS heard of Alice’s challenges and approached her to manage her farm through their “Saving Coffee” project. Alice agreed to allow SMS to manage the farm allowing her to keep her dream of coffee production for future generations of her family alive. Management of Garcilazo began as no easy task.

 

After assessment, it was noted that at least 40 hectares needed complete renovation and production on the entire farm was at a historical low. The farm and producer required substantial financial investment to turn things around. Around 2 years ago, SMS’s goal was to transform Garcilazo, a very traditional farm, into a top of the line productive unit. New environmental and social principles that protected rivers, trees and wildlife became ingrained into the day-to-day operations of the farm and around 134,000 highly productive H3 and H17 coffee plants were planted. Using these hybrids, of a cross of Caturra and Ethiopian “E531”, and Catuai and Ethiopian “ET 59A2” respectively, the farm could achieve a high quality coffee, large bean size, and high yields.

 

Tres Rios lies just west of Costa Rica’s capital city in the Central Valley, San Jose and was one of the first coffee growing regions in Costa Rica. Tres Rios land is sought after for coffee production due to the regions high altitudes, volcanic soils and good climate all of which lend themselves to producing very dense Strictly Hard Bean coffees with complex flavors and good acidity.

 Costa Rica now has eight different recognized coffee production regions, and Tres Rios is now one of the smallest. Due to the proximity to the capitol, and pleasant weather, coffee production here is being overrun by real estate development and urban expansion. In 1984 in the largest Tres Rios growing region there were 234 coffee farms registered, totaling around 1,254 hectares. Most recently in 2014 just 52 coffee farms, totaling around 533 hectares remain. Gracilazo wants to market their H3 and H17 coffees as micro-lots directly to the specialty market. Last year’s honey processed coffees performed amazingly and the farm is looking to repeat and improve year after year.

 

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