There's a lot to this coffee that reminds us of biting into a peach. It's sweet, juicy and filled with tons of peach and caramel-like sweetness.
We were able to visit Microbeneficio La Casona de Doña Lina this past February for the third time. It's located just outside of the town of San Marcos in the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. Roger Solis his son's Jorge and Sebastian have done a wonderful job with their coffees and are very focused on the quality of their product. They run two farms as well as the mill - named after their grandmother Doña Lina; Finca El Rodeo, which we've purchased in prior years, and another, San Francisco 1900 which this year we're offering for the first time.
Here at La Casona de Doña Lina, Jorge is focused on the drying of all the coffees harvested between the two farms. Open to exploring drying experiments, and often rotating coffees between different styles of drying bed to see first hand results. The minimum drying time is 12 days, all of which happens in the sun or shade. Recently they purchased a guardiola - a mechanical dryer - as they've seen a large influx in the production on their farms. The family will also assist other newly developing farmers in their neighborhood by processing their cherry, or even establishing their own wet mills.
This year we're featuring a Red Catuai varietal processed as a White Honey. We really enjoyed the cup quality of San Francisco 1900 this season and have always loved the quality focus that the Solis family demonstrates to us during our visits. This year, they welcomed us for two days - one on the farm and one at the mill - to experience hands on what the production looks like for both of those platforms. We were also welcomed in for dinner with the family and lunch the following day. A really special couple of days.
For more details on our experience, you can read our blog posts :)
This offering showcases the fruit-bowl notes usually found in a Tarrazu coffee, maintains great flavor clarity because of the white honey process and also has some lovely low tones thanks to being a Red Catuai.
We're really excited to share the Solis Families coffee with you.
PS. The 1900 is part of the farm name. It's referring to the altitude.