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Herbazu SL-28 Farmlevel Reserve
Pineapple · Anise · Toasted Coconut
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Each bag contains 226 grams (8 ounces) of whole bean coffee.
If you’re looking for the perfect balance between tropical and spiced, the search is over. This year’s Herbazu SL-28 encompasses the oasis of Costa Rica, notes of pineapple paired with toasted coconut hold their own next to the sweet spice of anise.
The parent variety of this cultivar is Bourbon and Typica.
Pineapple, Anise, Toasted Coconut
Manuel Antonio "Tonio" Barrantes Zuñiga
SL-28 (the SL is for Scott Laboratories)
December - February
Helsar De Zarcero: Torrez and Sumava
Coffee: 20 grams
Water: 300 grams
Brew Time: 3:00 minutes
Herbazu SL-28 exemplifies the best of both worlds: the bright pineapple sweetness lends to the coffee’s Costa Rican climate, while its forward anise herbaceousness mirrors Kenyan Coffees which is the home to this variety.
This coffee can appeal to those who want the high acidity found in a Kenya coffee but love the profile of a clean, structured Costa Rican coffee.
Scott Laboratories initially developed SL-28 in 1935 as a drought-resistant variety to help ensure Kenya remains a viable coffee producer during years of low rainfall. In modern Costa Rica, Tonio Barrantes experimented with new varieties and processes to discover that SL-28, beyond its drought resilience, yields an exceptionally high crop. Since he launched this project in 2008, over nine Costa Rican farms have adopted this variety.
This coffee always surprises and changes dramatically between hot and cold temperatures and is a great example of how flavor profiles change, not only with variety but also with microclimates.
Really good cup of coffee with flavorful citrus like notes (at least for me). The recommended Kalita wave brew method with a 1:15 ratio with 20g coffee made for a consistently good cup. Great way to start the day or enjoy an afternoon break.
Absolutely loving this coffee. Beautifully fruity, subtle tartness, with an almost coconut finish. Wish I would have ordered more