|Taste||Grapes, caramel, nougat|
Finca Šumava de Lourdes
is an ambitious project which was put together by a famous Costa Rican coffee exporter Francisco Mena and a Czech investor. The farm is located about an hour from the capital in the region of Lourdes de Naranjo (map). The idea behind this project is to build a state-of-the-art farm, which will benefit from a huge coffee know-how and strong financial background.
Model and modern farm
Šumava is a model farm which uses modern technologies and new trends in ecologically sustainable farming. The farm uses eco-pulpers together with a retention field for discarded water, which is later used as a fertilizer for coffee plants.
Many different varieties
Šumava has also an exclusive access to the international bank of coffee seeds (CATIE). On the farm, you can spot several different cultivars being planted, e.g.: geisha, sl28, ethiopian heirloom and mix varieties, caturra, villa sarchi, mocca and many others.
All coffee is processed in a beautiful stainless steel mill, which is equipped by the so called "desmusilaginadoras", i.e. eco-pulpers. This lot was processed using the so called "yellow honey" method. The eco pulper is set in a way, that cherries go through with maximum mucilage intact. Therefore, the taste profile is little bit similar to dry processed coffees. Freshly picked cherries are rested in jute bags or stainless-steel tanks for 24-72 hours before pulping (so called reposado). Depulped cherries are transported to 1000 l plastic tanks where they stay for 14-24 hours soaked in cold water. Drying takes place first on African beds (5 days) and then on the concrete patios (14 days). The exact length depends on actual weather conditions.
Success in short time
Even though this is only the 8th production year under the new ownership, Finca Šumava has already won the prestigious Cup of Excellence in 2016.
We usually visit Finca Šumava in March to cup through the fresh crop. This year we purchased 6 microlots, including one geisha nanolot.