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Volcán Azul | H3 Red Honey | Filter

We Nitrogen Flush all of our coffee when bagging for an inert shelf stable environment by locking freshness inside for up to 6 weeks prior to opening


Farm: Finca Volcán Azul

Producer: Alejo Khale Castro

Region: Poás Volcano, Alajuela

Varietal: H3

Process: Red Honey

Altitude: 1500 - 1700 masl


Volcán Azul is a family owned group of farms and a exporting operation in Costa Rica with a history of producing exceptional coffee for over 200 years. Today, the farm is managed by Alejo Khale Castro. His dedication to quality and innovative drive has seen Volcán Azul consistently placing in the Cup of Excellence every year, including a 2nd spot in 2017. Volcán Azul have committed to a large acquisition of over 1500 hectares of natural rainforest for its protection and conservation around their farms and in other important biodiversity zones in the South of Costa Rica. Conservancy of natural resources, through the acquisition of extensions of natural rainforest for its protection and conservation are a major pillar of Volcan Azul's values. These facts, not just words, are small actions taken by one family to reduce air contamination and global warming. This is the contribution they want to make to mankind, this is the new awareness they want their future generations to inherit.


Alejo and his team produce a varied array of micro lots each season that portray the unique characteristics of each varietal, harnessing the expertise his team has in a wide range of processing methods as well as the wondrous gifts of nature and terroir the volcanic slopes of the farm have to offer. This lot was harvested from the farms plantation of the H3 varietal. H3 is a first-generation (F1) hybrid originating from a cross between Caturra and an Ethiopian landrace coffee. Typically, F1 hybrid parents are chosen to be genetically distant from one another; this distance maximizes hybrid vigor, which translates into high yields and overall vigor (for example, tolerance to frost), without losses in cup quality or disease resistance. There are only a handful of F1 hybrid coffee varieties in the world, most developed in the last 10 years, and only recently commercially available to farmers.


Credit: World Coffee Reseach & Condesa Coffee Lab

Volcán Azul | H3 Red Honey | Filter

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