Costa Rica - H17 Hybrid

Costa Rica - H17 Hybrid

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red plum, kiwi, brown sugar, honey

Producer: Alejo Castro Kahle / Volcan Azul
Location: Alajuela Province, Grecia
Variety: H17 Hybrid
Process: Natural
Altitude: 1,500 - 1,700 masl
Crop Year:  2022

Alejo Castro Kahle is a descendant of coffee pioneers in Costa Rica. He is committed to honoring the legacy of his ancestors through the continued pursuit of their aim — producing excellent coffees and making the family's name known for it worldwide.

To ensure consistent quality and make way for improvement every year, he is involved in every step of production, from the establishment of the coffee plants, cherry harvest, fermentation and drying, until dry milling and loading the greens into containers for export.

With 200 years of heritage knowledge in coffee, Alejo is vocal about soil health as the cornerstone of cultivating coffee trees that yield cherries with well-developed beans having the potential for complex flavors. He implements only processing innovations that preserve the integrity of variety while highlighting its most desirable attributes and reflecting its provenance.

Volcan Azul is the flagship estate of the Castro Kahle family. It spans 300 hectares on the slopes of the Poas Volcano, of which 60 hectares are planted, and 200 hectares are dedicated to conservation. There are 40+ varieties grown on the farm, of which Geisha, Typica, SL 28, Caturra, and San Isidro have won at the COE.

The H17 variety is a hybrid between Catuai and an Ethiopian heirloom, with the higher yield potential of the former and potential for high cup quality from the latter.

In the natural process, the properly ripe cherries are singled out through Brix measurement and then selectively hand-picked. They are then pre-cleaned and sorted through flotation. The floaters are set aside and the remainder placed in tanks without depulping. The cherries are left to ferment for 24 hours, and then laid out on the drying patio.

Daily for 12 to 15 days, the cherries are stirred from 8am to 2pm to ensure even drying. Depending on the actual drying conditions throughout this period, the cherries may also be layered more thickly or spread out more thinly. At 2pm, the coffee is sheathed with plastic to keep the temperature and humidity at the needed levels.

As a result of traditional natural processing, this H17 lot has a rounded acidity with a dark sugar character.

Weight 250 grams
Roast Profile Espresso Roast
Choose your Grind Size Whole Beans