Country: Costa Rica
Region: Lourdes de Naranjo, West Valley
Producer: Manuel Antonio Barrantes Zuñiga, Cafetalera Herbazu
Farm: El Plan
Altitude: 6,000 feet
Variety: Villa Sarchi
Process: White Honey
Smooth and balanced with flavors of honey, roasted almond and fruity notes of Concord grape, plum and peach.
We are pleased to feature this Villa Sarchi variety coffee from our friends at Cafetalera Herbazu. Antonio Barrantes and his brothers have been involved in coffee farming their whole lives, carrying on an 80-year tradition established by their grandfather Leoncio. In the year 2000 the brothers were one of the first groups of framers to break away from the traditional practice of selling coffee fruit and instead began processing their own coffee. The decision to build their own mill was a response to low coffee prices and allowed them to add significant value to their coffee crop. Since then, countless Costa Rican producers have followed suit. The name Herbazu is derived from a conjuction of the Spanish word for brothers, Hermanos, with family surnames Barrantes and Zuniga.
Although many cultivars are grown on the farms operated by the Barrantes family, including the celebrated SL28, the dominant variety is Villa Sarchi. This spontaneous mutation of Bourbon is indigenous to the West Valley region where Herbazu is located. While supplies last, we encourage coffee enthusiasts to compare this Villa Sarchi variety with the SL28 from the same producer.
The Barrantes family continues to rack up awards. In 2017, the Barrantes name appeared on the Costa Rica Cup of Excellence winner's list six times, including a respectable thirteenth place for Antonio Barrantes' farm, Finca Leoncio.