Olympia Coffee Roasting

Costa Rica Herbazu Villa Sarchi Honey

Location: Olympia, Washington

Origin: West Valley growing region, Costa Rica.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2012

Agtron: 51/61

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly pungent, balanced, honey-toned. Almond, orange, honey, a hint of minty chocolate in aroma and cup. Delicate, fruit-toned acidity; silky mouthfeel. Orange and honey in particular carry into a rich finish.


This coffee is produced exclusively from trees of the Villa Sarchi variety of Arabica, a dwarf mutation of the heirloom Bourbon variety. It was processed using the honey method, which means that the outer skin is removed as it is in the wet process, but all or some of the sticky fruit residue is allowed to dry on the bean and later removed by machine along with the parchment skin. Herbazu is an admired micro mill that pioneered preparing small-lot coffee selectively by variety and processing method. Olympia Coffee Roasting is a small-batch wholesale and retail roasting company with a youthful, no-nonsense style and a commitment to high quality organic coffees. Visit www.olympiacoffeeroasting.com or call 360-753-0066 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Honey character in a honey coffee; a walk in the woods in the springtime.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2012 tasting report: Honey and Pulped Natural Coffees

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