Країна: Коста Ріка
Регіон: Tarrazú, San José
Станція сухої обробки: Beneficio San Diego
Висота: 1500-1900 masl
Різновид: Caturra & Catuai
Період збору врожаю: January – March
Do we still need to present Tarrazú, one of the most famous cof- fee region? About a two-hour drive southbound from San José, Tarrazú is the coffee gold mine of Costa Rica: its mountaineous land-scape, lush of vegetation and well-defined seasons offer ideal condi- tions to grow coffee. Coffee plantations can be found at over 1,500 meters, allowing the coffee cherries to mature slowly and express their full potential. While the average farm size is about 3 hectares, many coffee producers do not operate their own washing station but deliver their ripe cherries to a Beneficio – a wet-mill in Costa Rica.
Beneficio San Diego – owned and operated by our sister company in Costa Rica, Volcafe Costa Rica – is the most modern mill in Costa Rica. It was established in 1888 and has been innovating ever since. Located in the heart of the Tarrazú and Tres Ríos regions, it specialis- es in the processing of the local coffees. The mill takes pride in striving for ever increasing efficiency and quality standards. At the same time it has taken a leading role in working with producers to ensure good community relations and sustainable production.
Beneficio San Diego has a rich expertise in coffee processing and a long tradition in innovation. They have creafted unique processes, in- cluding thermal fermentation tanks and the use of yeast, to create truly unique cup profiles. To produce the Yeast Honey lot, they have selected cherries at their rippest (Brix degree: 26), depulped them as in the tradition honey process and placed the wet parchments on sun patios. An artisanal yeast is sprayed over the drying parchments, en- abling the team to regulate the fermentation process and the sugar break-down.