About this coffee
The adventurous and inquisitive side of the Guardìa family is reflected in varieties like the SL 28. The variety SL 28 is widespread in Kenya and other growing areas in East Africa but is not often found growing in In Central America.
SL 28 was developed in the 1930s in the Scott Laboratories (hence the abbreviation SL) in Kenya from the Bourbon variety and immediately caught the scientists’ attention because of its refined taste profile: a unique combination of delicate sweetness, exciting acids and intense fruit complexity.
Our SL 28 is a pure Natural, which means that after harvesting, the entire ripe coffee cherries are spread out on the patios of Hacienda Sonora to dry, together with the surrounding pulp. The coffee beans absorb the full aroma of the fruit in the form of the fructose.
This SL 28 is one of the most complex and well-balanced coffees in this year’s Costa Rica range. This filter coffee is a real fruit bomb, so to speak, with distinct tropical-fresh notes of nectarine, guava and raspberry.
About the farm
Alberto Guardia has been growing coffee for over 50 years. His family farm – with the melodious name Hacienda Sonora, is located on the fertile foothills of the famous Poas Volcano in the West Valley, Costa Rica. It is mostly surrounded by untouched jungle. The preservation of the rainforest is very important to the Guardia family. Therefore, they simply let it grow and with in it their coffee plants grow. The coffee trees ripen excellently under the protective roof of the shady trees: they receive enough moisture to develop optimally. A Pelton turbine driven by a stream is used as the energy source for the entire finca. This raging, beautiful water supplies the entire finca with ‘100% Green Energy’. We have known the Guardias for a number of years now and are delighted to have met such an extraordinary family who, with understanding and love of nature, produce unique coffees every year.