Farmer/Grower: Facusse Family and Camilo Merizalde Santuario
Farm: Tres Milagros
Processing: Multi-stage fermentation
Altitude: 1500-1700 m.a.s.l.
Density: 1.15 g/ml
Harvest Date: March, 2022
Arrival Date: November, 2022
Marks: 0005-1708-0001, Ref MC-23
SCA Cupping Score: 85.88
Sweet fragrance, aroma of grape jam, notes of green apple, berries, vanilla and baker’s chocolate. Aftertaste of coconut and dark chocolate with a medium lemon acidity and a juicy mouthfeel.
This honey processed coffee has a wide range of flavors but what we love most about it is the body and sweetness. We recommend roasting anywhere from a dark-light roast to a light-dark roast (50 to 80 Agtron) depending on your preference. Lighter roasts will show more fruit character with a mellow acidity while darker roasts will show more chocolates and a heavy body. Great for espresso, blending or serving straight up as a filter coffee.
For the traditional honey process from the Santuario Project, cherries are harvested above 24 brix sugar content and soaked in water for 2 hours for rinsing, hydration of the outer skin and separating floaters. The floated cherries are added to a receiving hopper for 12 hours of open air fermentation before being depulped. About 30-40% of the mucilage is left on the parchment coffee for it to be sun dried on raised beds for 12 days. The coffee is then added into the guardiolas (mechanical dryers) at low temperatures for 5 to 6 days to evenly bring the coffee to 10.5% humidity and 4.5 to 6.0 aw. Once dry, the coffee is stored in GrainPro bags for 15 days for final homogenization before being cupped and sorted.
from Santuario Colombia is applied to develop a very unique specialty coffee farm in Costa Rica. During the first years, Bourbon coffee trees were planted followed by several other cultivars. In 2020, the construction of a new processing facility was completed, helping control the quality of the coffees even better.
The attention to detail from Camilo and his team is impeccable (just see processing description below). Each process is tailored to meet a very specific flavor profile with each step being tightly controlled for consistent and repeatable results year after year. We have created a partnership with Camilo and the Santuario Project to offer exclusive coffees here in the United States!
Although I have decided to not put this into my roast offering at this time (a very difficult decision!), it's a great bean. Roasted light, I noted a pleasant fruity aroma and a sweet honey flavor with a full aftertaste - not as smooth as I would have liked but probably a result of the roast vs bean. Attempted a darker roast and I can see this being a great offering as a medium/medium-dark roast.
Thank you for sharing your experience! We also get that nice honied-sweetness and a really nice chocolate note to it.
Amazing fragrance. Nice aroma. Great espresso! Coffee was good. I still feel like I could get more out of this bean so I ordered more of it. Really looking forward to roasting it some more.
Based on this roast on roast world - https://roast.world/my/roasts/Met7wXhfYz4nWPvoP3QuW