Costa Rica Hacienda Sonora Bourbon Honey

  • Country: Costa Rica

    Region: Carrillos Alto de Poás, Alajuela, Central Valley

    Farm: Hacienda Sonora

    Farmer/Grower: Alberto and Diego Guardia

    Variety: Bourbon

    Processing: Natural 

    Altitude: 1300 m.a.s.l.

    Humidity: 9.9 %

    Density: 1.20 g/ml

    Harvest Date: February, 2021

    Arrival Date: November, 2021

    Grade: SHG

    Marks: 0005/0025/0304 - P10662-10

    SCA Cupping Score: 86.5

  • Fragrance of brown sugar, rose petal aroma, mixed berries, milk chocolate, almonds, mild citrus fruit with a juicy acidity and heavy body.
  • This is a very sweet and well-balanced honey processed coffee. We prefer to keep the profile on the light to light/medium side of things to show off the delicate florals but still hitting the sweetness. Would taste amazing brewed as espresso!

About the coffee:

At Hacienda Sonora, honey processed cherries are hand-picked and a tank is used for floater separation before being pulped in Penagos machinery, keeping 100% of the mucilage on the parchment. The pulped coffee is then patio dried for 9 days and rests for 3 days at the warehouse at 14% humidity. Afterwards, a mechanical dryer is used at the final stage of drying for better uniformity at temperatures that never exceed 35C. Once the coffee reaches a humidity of 10.5% it rests in parchment for 2 Months before going through weight, screen, density and color sorting.

Hacienda Sonora Estate has been in Alberto’s family for more than a Century. In the 1970’s when Alberto took over the farm he began planting the majority of the land with coffee and shortly after it became the main source of income. In 1999 with historical low coffee prices Alberto invested in a Mill in order to be able to maximize his quality, in order to do so he became a pioneer in very alternative processing techniques at the time such as Honey and Naturals. Don Alberto also became living proof of how unique varieties could create different levels of complexity in the cup. Nowadays, Hacienda Sonora has more than 20 different varieties of plants in 80 hectares of coffee (+ 20 hectares of forest reserve) and is known to be a welcoming place for coffee lovers.

All of the energy consumed by the farm is 100% renewable energy harvested on the farm. This energy supplies power to the coffee mill and provides a portion of free electricity for some of the people who live and work at the farm. The green energy is harvested from a natural water stream with a special turbine, known as a Pelton Wheel.

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