The Q graders in our cupping lab scored this coffee 85.25
The Tarrazú region is the nursery of Costa Rican specialty coffees. It is situated in the country’s highlands, where mountain slopes dominate the landscape and coffee plantations are found at more than 1,500 meters above sea level. Beneficio San Diego is the most modern and one of the largest mills in Costa Rica. It was established in 1888 and now specializes in the Tarrazú and Tres Ríos areas. It takes pride in striving for always-increasing efficiency and quality standards, while working closely with producers to ensure good community relations and sustainable production for years to come.
The “honey” in this coffee’s name refers to the style of processing. After the coffee cherry is de-pulped—meaning, the fruit has been stripped off the beans—the sticky mucilage covering the beans is left intact, instead of being immediately washed away as it is with a “washed coffee.” Leaving that coat of “honey” on the bean gives the coffee a sweeter taste. And whether a coffee is described as a Yellow Honey or Red Honey depends on the amount of mucilage left to dry on the bean. Honey processing began in Costa Rica and has spread to other countries in Central America. In addition to its distinctive taste, it has the environmental benefit of using less water during processing.