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Farmers: Alberto & Diego Guardia
Origin: Carillo Alto de Poas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Varietal: Ancestral Bourbon
Notes: Pomegranate , mandarin, Payday bar
Another version of the super sweet ancestral bourbon but this time the fermentation was a little longer on it. Rich syrupy dark fruit and pomegranate flavors with floral juicy mandarin that surprises but, don't go thinking this coffee is one dimensional...it has this amazing buttery caramel/cashew thing going on that's incredibly appealing & we think rounds out the whole cup. Very impressive clean natural that isn't on the high end of fermentation but definitely in FLAVOR!
A very small bag from some coffee subscription service landed at the roastery a long while ago. It was a coffee from Sonora. One of the best coffees we've had from the country to date. It took a while to line all the ducks up, as they say, but after some insightful conversations with Diego Guardia, son, co-founder, & heir to Hacienda Sonora, we are happy to continue to share the amazing offers we have chosen together from Costa Ric.
Traffic & Sonora have been planning a bright future between ourselves & we can guarantee that next year, we will be sharing many more efforts like this from Sonora & continuing to showcase the outstanding work Alberto & Diego, along with their amazing team at the farms, are doing in the breathtaking country of Costa Rica.
About The Farm
Hacienda Sonora has been part of the specialty scene since it’s early days, always leading in innovation through its various processing methods and plant varietals. The farm has more than 20 varietals in production, the “Venecia” being one of them, & an indigenous varietal to Costa Rica.
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 to be able to maximize his quality, in order to do so he became a pioneer in very alternative processing techniques such as Honey and Naturals. Also became a living proof of how different varietals could create different level of complexity in the cup. In 2011, Alberto’s son Diego Joined the operation as co-manager. Nowadays, Sonora has more than 20 different varietals of plants in 80 hectares of coffee (+ 20 hectares of forest reserve) and is known to be a welcoming place for coffee lovers.
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