Almond and Chocolate with stewed plum.
What on earth does a coffee have to do with a large cat I hear you ask ? Well, this Jaguar Honey from Beneficio San Diego is first and foremost a coffee with an environmental purpose: for every quintal (100lbs parchment) of Jaguar Honey, the importer Volcafe Select donates $1 to the Fundación Pro Zoológicos (Fundazoo). Based in Costa Rica, Fundazoo is a conservation nonprofit foundation that protects and promotes the natural biodiversity, including...you guessed it...Jaguars.
Jaguars are an important but endangered ‘umbrella’ species in the ecosystem as their conservation ensures the protection of a large number of other species. Since the start of the project, Jaguar Honey helped raise $20,000 for the Jaguar program of Fundazoo.
The coffee is first de-pulped to remove the skin and leave the sticky mucilage covered seed. It is then dried on patios and the shorter fermentation period means the coffee acquires a balanced sweetness and acidity somewhere between a natural and a washed coffee. Farmers produce coffees with some of the unique characteristics of natural processed coffee in less time and with lower risks of unexpected effects such as over fermentation. Costa Rica was the first country to commercialise the honey process partly forced upon them by the scarcity of fresh water reserves.
Beneficio San Diego is the most modern processing mill and one of the largest in Costa Rica.