Costa Rica Leon de Heredia Honey

We proudly present this Costa Rica Honey Microlot from Carlos León, the very same producer as our exclusive Costa Rica El Tigre. This is a very limited, 25 bag run of 100% Caturra from the El León de Heredia Estate. It is washed, sun dried and milled on site at the León family mill. In the cup, the León’s Costa Rica Honey Microlot has a nice buttery body and notes of jasmine flower, honeysuckle and dried apricot.

Since 2002 Carlos León has been the chief operator of the family’s estate, which has claim to a storied history of producing exceptional Costa Rican coffee dating back to the 1880’s. Carlos’ father, Humberto was head of production since the 80’s before handing over the reins and the family’s legacy.

Increasingly honey process coffee is becoming more and more popular here in the states, and in response we’re seeing a good many honey process microlot offerings coming from Costa Rica and Central America. Using the honey method this Costa Rica Honey Microlot coffee retains much of it’s fruity pulp on the bean after it’s pulped. The cherry’s remnants then ferment into the bean, adding sweetness and complexity. Mill operators attentively rotate the beans while drying for uniformity and to avoid rot. Done correctly, honey process coffees offer a different taste profile with notable sweetness, accentuated body and generally citrusy overtones. For more on honey processing and other coffee processing methods, see our Farm-To-Cup guide.

The El Leon de Heredia coffee farm is located at an altitude of 4,000 feet (1350m) in the fertile San Isidro de Heredia region. Nearby, several volcanoes (Barva, Irazu & Poas) provide a mineral-rich base for the production of specialty grade arabica coffee. The farm has a long standing practice of only picking 100% ripened coffee cherries by hand to guarantee the best cup quality. At the family mill, traditional artisan milling techniques that have been handed down through the family for generations—no large industrial process is used in the milling or drying stages. This Costa Rica Honey Microlot is 100% sun dried which also helps preserve the bean’s character and profile.

Cupping Notes: Buttery body, jasmine flower, honeysuckle, dried apricot.
Producer: Carlos León
Region: San Isidro de Heredia
Mill Location: Heredia
Variety: 100% Caturra
Processing: Washed & Sun Dried
Altitude: 4,000 ft (1350m)
Coffee Grading: Microlot
Harvest: October - February