- Costa Rica
- November - March
Costa Rica Finca Bernina Red Honey Geisha 2022
Finca Bernina Red Honey Geisha
Located on the foothills of Chirripo, the highest mountain peak in Costa Rica, Finca Bernina is owned and operated by the Homberger family, a third-generation coffee farming family. Bernina’s 460-hectares are well diversified dedicating 80 hectares to shade-grown coffee, 100 to cattle, 50 to sugar cane and 230 to forestry. A small portion of Finca Bernina is dedicated to growing the delicate, Gesha (aka – Geisha) varietal, yielding this exquisite micro-lot.
Gesha Coffee Varietal
The Gesha varietal was first identified in the forests of Ethiopia in the 1930s and was brought to Central America in 1953. Gesha is considered an intensely flavorful and very complex coffee varietal. Although it has relatively low productivity and requires a considerable amount of maintenance, it is very attractive to many farmers due to the high price it fetches in the market. The unique characteristics of the Gesha varietal tend to be associated with extremely favorable cup quality.
Honey Processed Coffee
The honey process started in Costa Rica and has since spread to other coffee origins across the globe. In the honey coffee processing method, some or all of the mucilage of the coffee cherry - or coffee honey - that coats the parchment is left on during the drying stage. This factor gives the coffee a sweetness that resembles a natural; however, honey processing tends to be less volatile than natural processed coffees. Honey processing is also less water-intensive than fully washed coffees making it a more environmentally-friendly method.
Honey processing shares many characteristics with the pulp natural process - common in Brazil - and the wet-hulled method (aka - giling basah), which is common in Indonesian coffees. Unique to honey processing are the levels of honey, for example: white honey process; yellow honey process; red honey process and black honey process. The amount of mucilage left on the bean dictates the level (or color) of honey.
Costa Rica CoffeeCosta Rica coffees sell at a premium. The country has a reputation for delivering high-quality green coffee beans and for coffee innovation – a winning combination! Costa Rica’s unrivaled socio-economic infrastructure programs such as universal healthcare, strong education system, sophisticated agronomy, and well-regulated agricultural sustainability programs certainly contribute to the high cost of coffee. Additionally, when coffee roasters buy Costa Rican green coffee, producers receive roughly 80% of the FOB value, guaranteed. Read more in our Costa Rica Green Coffee Origin Report.
Region Pérez Zeledón
November - March