Costa Rica Coffea Diversa / Cioiccie Honey
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Country/Region: Costa Rica/Biolley
Elevation: 1250 -1400 m.a.s.l.
Taste Notes: Mandarins, Cane Sugar, Chocolate
The Coffea Diversa is one of our favourite coffee garden in Biolley, Costa Rica, with one of the largest private collection of coffee varietals. By choosing the path of genetic diversification, Gonzalo Hernandez has preserved the history of coffees that were once grown around the world but have long been forgotten.
The Cioccie is a wild Ethiopian varietal, first recorded in the 1950s, near the village of Jimma in southwestern Ethiopia. Ethiopia is considered to be the homeland and center of genetic diversity of Arabica coffee, and the qualities of these originating varietals have long been locked away in gene banks.
First planted in Coffea Diversa a few years ago, this is one of the first harvests that yield enough to make up a proper lot, as coffee plants take some time to mature and produce cherries. The coffee plant is tall, with widely spaced branches as well as nodes. The yield is very low, which explains why the varietal fell out of favour with producers and is not widely grown.
The cup profile is typically floral, but this particular lot from Coffea Diversa presents a more fruity profile, with a citrus acidity, rich deep sweetness, and a pleasant chocolate aftertaste. With a round, medium body, this is a balanced yet juicy cup, one of our new favourite coffees from Coffea Diversa.
Genetic diversity plays an important role in the survival and adaptability of a species. By growing a varying number of species and varietals, it lowers the reliance on specific botanical variants. This makes crops like coffee less susceptible to widespread diseases, and the chance of being wiped out entirely. This is one of the causes that Gonzalo has been championing, and we are glad to join the cause.