Costa Rica Juan Ramon Red Honey Geisha
Cup Characteristics: A hint of mint and caramel in aroma. Light bodied style, mildly floral Geisha with some rose and rose water. Milk chocolate, honeysuckle, Asian pear, papaya, barley, roasted peanuts, cacao. Buttery mouthfeel. A delicate but nuanced Geisha.
$48.99 per pound
We have offered coffee from the Brumas del Zurqui micromill in the past, and were always impressed by the care and attention the owner, Juan Ramon Alvarado, takes with his coffee processing. The mill was established in 2004 on his El Beneficio farm, and processes coffees from several other farms. Juan Ramon is considered a pioneer in coffee processing and produces coffee of various processes like washed, natural and honey. Juan Ramon's micromill located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. The mill was established by Juan Ramon Alvarado and Natalia Gomez whose family has been involved in coffee production for over a century.
Geisha is an heirloom varietal from Ethiopia that produces a blue-green elongated coffee bean that is especially aromatic and floral. Price Peterson, who owns Hacienda Esmeralda in Panama, experimented by planting it some years ago along with a broader group of varietals. The result was the rediscovery of a great cultivar with extreme fruitiness and floral scents and flavors, but with balance and finesse not seen in other coffees. Coffee farmers in other countries soon followed suit, and the varietal regularly takes home awards in Cup of Excellence competitions held throughout the world.
Since the advent of the micro milling machines, most notably developed by Penagos in Colombia, small farms have the ability to process their own coffee for a somewhat modest cost of entry. These machines use pressurized water mist to strip away the outer skin of the coffee cherry, and they can remove pulp - the fruit surrounding the coffee husk - to a fine tolerance, leaving selective amounts of pulp to dry on the husk. When all the pulp is removed the coffee is fully washed. When a tiny amount of pulp remains it is called yellow honey. A little more pulp red honey (like this coffee), a lot black honey. And when no pulp nor skin is removed natural. Nowhere is machinery in greater use than in Costa Rica where numerous farmers have gone from selling their cherry to large wetmills to processing their own coffee and selling the coffee under their name. To do this requires a keen understanding of growing and processing, so everyone is equipped to join the party. Juan Ramon Alvarado is.
- Farm: El Beneficio
- Producer: Juan Ramon Alvarado
- Province: Heredia
- Canton: San Isidro
- District: San Francisco
- Altitude: 1500-1600m above sea level
- Coffee variety: Geisha
- Processing: Red Honey
Geisha coffees can be very expensive and there is a great deal of demand, particularly from the international community. This coffee is a relative bargain; despite it being priced higher than other coffees we typically offer, it is inexpensive for a Geisha variety. This small lot coffee was selected for us. Price is for a full pound.