Costa Rica Hacienda Sonora
Țară de origine: Costa Rica
Ferma: Hacienda Sonora
Procesare: naturală - SL 28
Note: mere | coacăze | șampanie
Hacienda Sonora sits at the foot of the Poas Volcano. The farm operates on 100% renewable energy generated by a hydroelectric generator that transform rushing rivers into energy. The energy fuels the wet and dry mills and provides free electricity for everyone living and working on the farm. On the whole, Hacienda Sonora has shared their success generously, paying fair wages to all workers and bolstering the local community economy.
Sonora has its own micromill, which enables the farm to keep lots separated by variety and create unique microlots. The mill is centrally located, right next to a traditional sugarcane mill that’s been preserved intact for over 150 years. This lot is naturally processed. In fact, all coffees at Hacienda Sonora are either honey or natural processed to reduce wastewater and further protect the environment.
After selective handpicking, ripe cherry is laid to dry on either the farm’s raised beds or its patio where it is turned frequently to promote even drying.
SL28 and SL34 were just two of the cultivars released by Scott Agricultural Laboratories (SAL) during the height of SAL’s research in Kenya in the 1930s and 1940s. They soon became the cultivars of choice for most growers due to their deep root structure that allows them to maximize scarce water resources and flourish even without irrigation. SL varieties also had higher yields than the French Bourbon rootstock that they replaced and were known to be somewhat more disease resistant.
While SL-varieties are still highly sought after today, they’ve become less widely cultivated in Kenya due to their relatively low resistant to coffee leaf rust (CLR). Compared to more recent varieties, SL-varieties are more susceptible to diseases and pests and require very specific altitudes and climates to flourish. However, that hasn’t stopped specialty-focused farmers globally, who, inspired by the flavors and popularity of SL-varieties, have cultivated SL varieties worldwide.