Villa Triunfo Marsellesa, Red honey - west valley, costa rica

Quick Facts

Producer: Villa Triunfo Farm, Pitalillo Wet Mill, Sustainable Management Services (SMS/ECOM)

Country: Costa Rica

Region: Naranjo, West Valley

Elevation: 1,400 MASL

Variety: Marsellesa, (Timor 832/2 x Villa Sarchi CIFC 971/10)

Process: Red Honey

Harvest: November - February


Finca Villa Triunfo is located in the upper part of Naranjo with a nice view of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. It has volcanic soils, a cool climate and cold temperatures during the night which provide perfect growing conditions for coffee.

ECOM and CIRAD created the Marsellesa hybrid in Nicaragua specifically aiming for a rust resistant varietal. This varietal is an introgressed Sarchimor. Typically greenish and rough in flavor characteristics, this coffee is a perfect example of what proper farm management, and fertilization can do for cup quality.

Since Villa Triunfo is managed by Sustainable Management Systems (SMS) ECOM, this plot provides an ideal situation for SMS to experiment on proper care and the actual potential of varietals.

Flavor Notes

Tropical fruit, Strawberry, Lemon Zest

Up until recently, we believed that Sarchimor type plants were not viable for quality cup. Through years of research our sister office in Costa Rica SMS has fortunately proven us wrong. This lot of coffee displays how when Marsellesa, a Sarchimor type varietal is properly cared for, harvested and processed it can rival some of the most desirable varietals in the region.

Processing Information

Red Honey

This coffee was produced in the Red Honey method which leaves some residual mucilage on the seed prior to drying. After drying, the parchment coffee appears red in color resulting in the “Red Honey” distinction. With this process, a bit of the coffee fruit flavors make their way into the cup as well.

Regional Information

Naranjo, West Valley

This area was originally named Los Naranjos by Judas Tado Corrales Saenz in 1833 when he found an abundance of orange (naranjo) trees growing in the middle of the forest. Years later in 1887 when Costa Rica adopted the canton system (provinces subdivided into “cantons”) the region was officially named Naranjo.

Since its discovery, the area has always played an important role in agricultural cultivation; originally for oranges, and currently for coffee. In present day, the Naranjo region could be considered one of the best and most important growing regions for quality coffee in Costa Rica due to its record in award-winning coffees.

Over the past few years, Naranjo can now boast the highest concentration of Cup of Excellence award winning farms in all of Costa Rica, with four farms within one kilometer distance from each other.

The coffee areas of Naranjo focus on a small area ranging from 1,200 to 1,500 meters above sea level. It is this unique strip of land surrounding a bowl-like valley where a perfect micro climate is created for growing award-winning coffees.

New in 2109

Hybrids and Plant Management

SMS is continuously exploring the future of coffee hybrids. This year we saw a huge breakthrough in the nutrition requirements for these coffees and hope to continue with this progress.

It is SMS's goal to be able to develop specific nutrition and care recommendations for each hybrid varietal available in any particular growing region. After unlocking the true ability and potential of a plant, the future will be to create best-fit post harvest processing methods.

All of this is for one ultimate goal: to decrease susceptibility to disease and pests, while increasing crop yields and quality.

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