COSTA RICA | Finca Sebastian | Red Honey | 86

Costa Rica finca Sebastian

COSTA RICA | Finca Sebastian | Red Honey | 86


This great coffee we came across after meeting with Annelise Scholl, (Grounds Costa Rica) who facilitates the connections between roasters and Costa Rican farmers, in this case Finca Sebastian. A great project which we just had to support.

Annelise provided us with several coffees, with this Red honey processed in particular that stood out. We call it a fruit bomb F1 hybrid. If you don’t know about F1 hybrids yet, there’s a podcast in the making in which we will dive into the details.

Farm:   Finca Sebastian

Owner:   Fernando & Angie

Region:   Llano Bonito, Naranjo | West Valley

Process:   Red Honey

Variety:   Milenio (F1 Hybrid)

Altitude:   1800 masl

Flavour notes:   peach, grapefruit, tropical fruits such as papaya, ripe orange and apricot

Cupping score:   86


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About the farm / farmer

Fernando and Angie own coffee plantations in the Western Valley of Costa Rica. This region has been called one of the most complex due to its microclimates. Morning sunshine, afternoon rain, volcanic soils and high elevations without frost… coffee growing paradise! This region also accumulates an extremely high percentage of Cup of Excellence winners.

Their estate is located at more than 1800 meters above sea level. Their goal is to find the most ideal processing methods for each variety that they harvest. ​

Fernando is an agricultural engineer and has been  cultivating new hybrid F-1 coffee varieties. These have been developed by coffee research organisations worldwide, including the World Coffee Research, with the intention of developing genetic diversity. These varieties are stronger against climate change and plant diseases than their local counterparts while having a higher production yield.

Angie recently acquired her Q-grader certification. Her tasting skills and dedication means that the quality of the coffee they produce will only continue to improve by combining their knowledge in cultivation all the way to  processing, roasting and up to the final cup result.

Finca Sebastian participates every year in the Specialty Coffee Association’s Cup of Excellence competitions, where only the best coffees in the world take part.



The Milenio Varietal is a cross breed between Sarchimor and Rume Sudan. It has very good cup quality at elevations above 1300 meters and well-adapted to agroforestery conditions.

The variety was part of the first wave of F1 hybrid varieties created by a consortium including French research institute CIRAD, a regional network of national coffee institutes in Central America Promecafe , and Catie.

F1 hybrids in Central America are part of an effort by breeders to increase the genetic diversity of coffee in the region since the traditional American varieties are severely genetically constricted.

COSTA RICA | Finca Sebastian | Red Honey | 86


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