Costa Rica Hacienda Sonora Caturra Natural

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  • Country: Costa Rica

    Region: Carrillos Alto de Poás, Alajuela, Central Valley

    Farm: Hacienda Sonora

    Farmer/Grower: Alberto and Diego Guardia

    Variety: Caturra

    Processing: Natural

    Altitude: 1300 m.a.s.l.

    Humidity: 10.3%

    Density: 1.20 g/ml

    Harvest Date: February, 2021

    Arrival Date: September, 2021

    Grade: SHG

    Marks: 0005/0025/0304 - P10662-9

    SCA Cupping Score: 85.5

  • Fragrance of panela, brown spice in aroma, notes of berries, dried fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, some nuttiness, green apple acidity and medium body.
  • Light/medium to medium roasts would show off this coffee best. The fruity sweetness will shine through at this roast level while darkers roasts will show less of the fruit character and more of the vanilla, brown sugar notes.

At Hacienda Sonora, hand-picked cherries are first dunked in water for floater separation, before the beans are dried inside the fruit (rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees). The cherries are dried on a black tarp on top of grass for 12 days using different layers depending on the drying stage (always covered at night). These controls keep temperatures low which preserves cup quality and shelf life of the coffee. After 12 days, the coffee is moved to the warehouse to rest for 3 days (at 14% humidity) before getting a final dry in a mechanical dryer (which allows better uniformity) at temperatures that never exceed 35C. Once the coffee reaches a humidity of 10.5%, it rests for 2 Months before being hauled out of the dry husk and then going through weight, screen, density and color sorting.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Gerald Poss
Roasted Dark

My intention was to find a possible dark roast replacement with a bigger flavor than my current dark roast blend I have branded. This Costa Rican roasted dark, about 30 seconds after start of 2nd crack tastes good with a nice rich flavor roasty flavor, aroma is medium-strong dark roast, the overall flavor is good but finishes a bit dryer than I prefer. I have also roasted this light and feel that’s where these beans taste best.

Hey Gerald,

Thank you for taking time to share your feedback with us! Please feel free to get in touch with us at if you would like more specific recommendations to fit in with your dark roast blend.


Matt Zilliox
A juicy coffee!

I really enjoy this Costa Rica. It's more fruity than expected, but we'll balanced in its flavor profile. WHT stands out to me most though is the velvety mouthful. Mmm

Glad you are enjoying Diego's coffee, Matt! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

Doug Shumway
Costa Rica Sonora Caturra Natural

Good as always from Hacea! Good body. Even flavor.

Glad you are enjoying it, Doug! Diego and Alberto in Costa Rica are solid coffee growers/processors!