TASTING NOTES | Tropical Fruits. Plum. Passion Fruit. Butterscotch
This Honey lot was cultivated at Finca Frailes and processed at Palmichal micro-mill. It sparkles in the cup with tropical fruit, cream and a complex sweetness. The cherries for this lot were cultivated on Finca Frailes by three close friends and lifelong coffee producers, Gerardo Calvo, Zaira Marín and William Méndez. The three co-own and manage Finca Frailes.
Palmichal micro-mill is an important partner for many specialty coffee producers in the Palmichal, Puriscal, Tarrazu and Frailes micro-regions in Costa Rica. Located in Palmichal, Costa Rica, the micro-mill began in the 2015-2016 harvest with 30 participating farmers participating.
The mill strives to serve farmers who grow unique coffees and quality-conscious importers & micro-roasters. They process cherry using meticulous quality-focused processing techniques. Their small-scale, artisanal model enables them to match coffees from smallholder farmers to roasters with specific quality and process requirements all while maintaining economic and physical traceability.
The mill has patios and elevated beds to enable various kinds of drying. It is able to process coffees as Fully washed conventional and a variety of certifications and grades of Naturals and Honeys. The mill boasts 23 solar panels that generate 5.0 kWp. Due to its modular setup, the micro-mill can easily continue growing to match demand.
The mill’s nursery has over 330,000 plants and counting, making it one of the largest coffee nurseries in the county. The Palmichal nursery sells the plants to producers at cost to make it easier for farmers to renovate their rootstock. It also gives farmers the opportunity to finance against their future crops.
Country of origin: Costa Rica
Location: Frailes, Tarrazu
Producers: Gerardo Calvo, Zaira Marín, William Méndez
Processing: Yellow Honey
Harvest & Shipping: October -March 2021
SCA Quality Score: 87
Suggested brew method: Espresso