Volcàn Azul - Costa Rica - Yellow Honey H1

Location: Costa Rica, Alajuela

Farm: Volcan Azul

Producer: Alejo Castro

Varietal: Yellow Honey processed H1

Flavour Notes: Stone fruit, florals & Nougat

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Our recipes

These recipes reflect the approach to coffee served in our Showroom.

The filter recipe is based on our own april Brewers (flat-based) and our april Paper Filters. As for espresso, the recipes are designed using a Modbar AV.

All of our grind settings reference a Ditting Sweet Lab 804 or a Mahlkonig EK43. You can adjust your grind settings as necessary and use the recommended brew time as a reference.

Filter Brewing

Dose: 12g

Water: 200g at 91°C

Grind size: 8 (EK)

Brew time: 2:40-3:00

Target TDS: 1.25 - 1.35

Begin your brew with an initial 100g pour. Use your first 30g of the pour to saturate the coffee bed evenly whilst implementing a circular pouring technique.

Continue your pour by completing the final 70g pour into the center of the coffee bed. Replicate this pouring format once again, commencing your second pour at 35 seconds. Finish the brew with a total brew time in 2:30-3:00 minutes.

Example of the pouring structure:

1. 30g Circle Pour - 70g Center Pour (0:00)

2. 30g Circle Pour - 70g Center Pour (0:30)

Espresso Brewing

Dose (in): 19g

Dose (out): 57 - 60g

Grind Setting: 1.5 (EK)

Brew Time: 15s

Target TDS: 6.5 - 8

Dose and distribute carefully using a scale capable of reading to an accuracy of 0,1g. You must first identify the size of your filter basket - preferably of the brand and variety 'VST 'Ridgeless'.

We recommend using a dosage within +/-1g of the size of the basket.

Please adjust your grind settings as necessary and use the recommended brew time as a reference.


Grind Size: 6

Dose (in): 10g

Brew Water: 170g at 100°C

Brew Time: 4:00

Days from Roast: 15

Target TDS: 1.27 - 1.33


About the coffee

This particular H1 hybrid is an incredible coffee, which has been carefully yellow honey processed on the estate to accentuate it's distinct character. As a hybrid of the famed Sudan Rume varietal, combined with a research varietal derived from a Sarchimore, this coffee posses both the delicate floral and red fruit notes of a Sudan Rume whilst maintaining flavour intensity and a rich body.

This is the fifth season we have been working with this excellent coffee, and we're pleased to announce that the quantity of the harvest this year was much more substantial so we'll be able to offer this coffee for a much longer period.

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About the farm

Volcan Azul is a truly remarkable coffee estate located in the Alajuela region of Costa Rica and overseen by Don Alejo Castro. The fifth generation of his family to tend to the land, Alejo is an incredibly knowledgeable farmer, and the estate has a rich history which can be clearly traced back to the late 19th century.

The farm produces a vast variety of cultivars and varietals, such as Catuai, Caturra, Obata, Villa Sarchi and Gesha. Alejo continues to propagate new varietals every season, with the objective to continuously experiment and add diversity to his harvest.


April Coffee

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