In 2013, Ricardo decided to work in a new project focused on coffee variety diversification. He was able to obtain seeds of many varieties, including H1, SL-28, Pacamara, Ethiopia Heirloom, Geisha and Villalobos and he started a sizeable nursery. Since then, he has planted these varieties in a farm next to the original Santa Lucia and this past year, it began to produce some of these great varieties.
This coffee is an Ethiopia Heirloom variety from that farm. It’s one of many varieties being studied by CATIE in Costa Rica. CATIE does research work on agriculture throughout the Americas and has a large research centre in Costa Rica. One of their areas of research is the feasibility (cup quality and hardiness) of Ethiopian heirloom varieties in Costa Rica. This is one of the varieties being studied by CATIE and Ricardo has had the benefit of being a test study of the field feasibility of the variety. He has two strains of this variety planted on his farm.
The coffee is tropical, super sweet, but very delicate and balanced. It’s a full red honey process. It was picked super ripe, de-pulped with all of its mucilage left on and dried on raised African beds for 25 days. This slow drying process allows sugars to migrate and concentrate, resulting in a very rich and round cup.