Horsham Coffee - Costa Rica 2021
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Luis Padilla's La Isla farm in Naranjo region of Costa Rica
Notes of Red Apple, Raspberry and Caramel
SCA Score - 86.5
La Isla is owned by Luis Padilla who bought the farm in 2017. He was inspired by his grandfather who owned a coffee farm for many years in the Naranjo region. The farm covers 10.5 hectares and is located at 1500 masl growing a mix of Villa Sarchi, Geisha and SL-28. These are kept separate during the harvest. Luis is focusing on the regeneration of the farm and in the video, you can clearly identify the section of the farm with healthy trees. They are working their way through the farm with a view to regenerating the entire 10.5 hectares.
This coffee has been harvest from Villa Sarchi trees. All harvesting is done by hand keeping the different varietals separate from each other. After harvest the coffee is pulped using a new Penagos DCV-4000 eco-pulper. This is a low water, eco machine that removes the fruit using very little water reducing any negative impact on the environment. The Penago pulper also separates and sorts any underripe coffee helping to add an extra layer of sorting.
The definition of honey processed coffee can vary from farm to farm. La Isla yellow honey is produced by removing most of the fruit leaving just a small amount of mucilage on the coffee for the drying stage. This is completed of a concrete patio with the coffee laid out in beautiful patterns and moved regularly to ensure even drying. The drying stage takes about 10 days.