Today's review is another delicious single-origin coffee that arrived courtesy of my Mistobox subscription. It's Brandywine Coffee Roaster's Dona Francisca & Oscar Chacon Cumbres de Poás Red Honey.

There's a lot to uncover in that lengthy name, so let's break it down:

  1. Dona Francisca and Oscar Chacon grew and processed the coffee
  2. Cumbres de Poás roughly translates to "The Summit of Poás" (Poás likely refers to the Costa Rican volcano of the same name)
  3. "Red Honey" refers to the red honey process that was used to produce this coffee

As you can probably guess from the cumbres de Poas part of the name, this coffee comes from Costa Rica, specifically the Central Valley region, where it was grown at 1500 masl.

And guess what? The Cumbres de Poas is one of my candidates for 2018's best coffee.

Let's take a closer look.

General Notes & Observations

Roast: Light
Producers: Dona Francisca & Oscar Chacon
Country of Origin: Costa Rica
Region: Central Valley
Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarachi
Processing method: Red Honey
Growing altitude: 1,300-1600 masl
Roaster aroma notes: None
Coffee Concierge aroma notes: Berries
Roaster tasting notes: Strawberry, tangerine, smooth
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: Grape, strawberry

Equipment Used

Chemex

American Press Coffeemaker

American Press

Behmor Connected

Behmor Connected

Kalita Wave 185

Kalita Wave 185

Bonavita Immersion Dripper

Brewista Variable Temperature Kettle

Breville Smart Grinder Pro

Breville Smart Grinder Pro

Kruve Coffee Sifter

Kruve Coffee Sifter

American Weigh Scale

American Weigh Scales LB-3000

Drip Coffee Experience

As mentioned in the video review, my first reaction to this coffee was an emphatic "HOLY SHIT". Yes, it was that good.

I brewed the coffee with my Bonavita Immersion Dripper, with my grind in the 800-1600um range (courtesy of the Kruve Sifter). Using a somewhat ridiculous coffee: water recipe (28g of coffee to 240g of water) I was still able to get an amazingly balanced cup of coffee.

I was picking up a lot of grape and berry notes especially, and there was a ton of sweetness.

Summary

The Cumbres de Poas is yet another candidate for 2018 coffee-of-the-year here at The Coffee Concierge. Yes, it was that good.

I'm not sure if any of the coffee's I've reviewed this year have matched this coffee's sweetness, and I wish it was still available so that I could re-order.

Fortunately, Brandywine currently offers a nearly identical version of this coffee from the same producer, but it's Black Honey processed instead of Red Honey Processed. In other words, the coffee gets a bit less sun and more humidity during the drying process.

I would imagine the different process results in different flavors, but I don't think it would have any impact on the overall quality of this coffee.

So check it out while it's still available.

You can grab the Cumbres de Poas Black Honey from Brandywine (while it's still available) here.

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Brandywine Coffee Roasters - Cumbres de Poas Red Honey

$18
9.6

Acidity

9.0/10

Aftertaste

10.0/10

Aroma

10.0/10

Balance

10.0/10

Body

9.0/10

Complexity

9.0/10

Forgiveness

9.0/10

Sweetness

10.0/10

Versatility

10.0/10

Pros

  • Sweet
  • Great flavor
  • Balanced

Cons

  • Ages very quickly