SINGLE ORIGIN VISTA AL VALLE
APPLE JUICE | CANDIED ORANGE
COUNTRY: Costa Rica
CULTIVAR: Caturra and Villa Sarchi
PROCESSING: Black Honey
Vista al Valle—translating to ‘view of the valley’—is run by Jorge Luis Arrieta along with his family. An agronomist by trade, young, smart and creative, their three-farm collective has gained a reputation for quality and an impressive record of awards and acclaim. This has included a number of Cup of Excellence placements, winning first place in 2013.
Growing only Villa Sarchi and Caturra varieties, Vista al Valle produces coffees dried on raised sun-beds and patios inside impressive rows of polytunnels. Polytunnels are elongated, polythene covered frames under which seedlings and plants can be grown. Providing protection to plants they can extend the growing season by several weeks, creating their own microclimate in controlled conditions. The Black Honey process is an ‘in-between’ process, semi-washed and semi-dried, with the name coming from the colour of the pulped cherries as they’re being processed. Black Honey coffees maintain much of the cleanliness and crisp qualities of a washed coffee, while also developing the body and fruit character of a natural processed coffee.
Combining the controlled growing environment of the Vista Al Valle farm with the care and attention given to the Black Honey process, the quality of this coffee simply shines through. Silky and luscious, this coffee sings with sweet apple juice and candied orange zest.