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Costa Rica Herbazu Typica Lima
New Release February 4!
Tasting Notes - Lemon Zest, Crisp Raspberry Acidity, Dark Chocolate.
- Country - Costa Rica
- Region – West Valley
- Farm- Herbazu (45 Hectares, 100 pickers)
- Varietal – Typica
- Elevation – 1500-1600 Meters
- Process - Yellow Honey
- Roast – Light
Cup of Excellence Multiple Year Winning Farm.
This coffee is yellow honey processed. Honey processing allows the coffee to dry before rinsing. The skin of the cherry is removed prior to drying, leaving the golden yellow, sticky mucilage and bean to dry in the sun.
Zoka has been buying from Herbazu for 10 seasons. Jeff Babcock, Zoka Founder and CEO, discovered Herbazu while a judge for the Cup of Excellence (COE) competition hosted in Costa Rica in 2010. As a COE judge, Jeff noticed coffees from the Herbazu farms were not only fabulous coffees, but they were also consistent winners in the COE competitions.
Herbazu is one of our favorite farms. Owned by third generation coffee farming siblings, and managed by brother Antonio Barrantes Zuniga, a humble man who started working in his grandfather's coffee farm at the age of 14. The name Herbazu is short for Hermanos (brothers) Barrantes Zuniga (family name). Herbazu is one of eight farms owned by the family in the West Valley Region of Costa Rica. They produce Typica Mejorado, SL 28 and Villasarchi coffees at altitudes between 1,500 and 1,600 meters above sea level.
They were one of the first farms in Costa Rica to have their own micro mill to process the wet coffees (purchased in 2000) in order to keep the quality of the coffee very high. Since that time, the micro mill process on individual coffee farms has become the recognized standard for producing high quality coffee, but Antonio's team was an early adopter. Having a micro mill on site allows the coffees from each days picking to be immediately processed right on site. Without it, coffees may wait days or even weeks to travel to larger mills for processing.
Accompanying photos: Green coffee drying on the Herbazu drying deck.