Costa Rica Sumava de Lourdes
This Caturra variety coffee was grown on La Ladera, a subsection of the larger Sumava de Lourdes, a coffee farm and mill located in Costa Rica’s West Valley growing region. This award-winning coffee farm is operated Francisco Mena, an exporter of Costa Rica coffee and now a coffee producer himself. After years of planning and preparation, Sumava was rewarded with a first-place win in the 2016 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence competition. Beneficio Sumava de Lourdes was established on what had once been a cattle farm. Named after Šumava National Park in the Czech Republic, with the name Lourdes referring to the micro-region Lourdes de Naranjo.
The coffee was processed using a method the producer is calling double fully washed, meaning the coffee was first washed in a mechanical demucilager and then soaked in clean water for 24 hours before washing a second time manually. After a final rinse the coffee was then transferred to raised drying tables to dry in the sun. This variation of the traditional washed process resulted in a well-rounded coffee that effortlessly balances low acid fruit-tones with deep sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar and caramel.