Free UK Tracked 24 delivery on all orders over £20.

Free UK Tracked 24 delivery on all orders over £20.

Get 30% off your first 'pay as you go' subscription delivery. Use the code 'Subscribe30%' at checkout

Get 30% off your first 'pay as you go' subscription delivery. Use the code 'Subscribe30%' at checkout

Get 30% off your first 'pay as you go' subscription delivery. Use the code 'Subscribe30%' at checkout

Sold out

Costa Rica - San Juanillo Red Honey

Tasting Notes: Red Apple | Toffee | Cocoa

Size: 250g
Grind: Whole Bean

Costa Rica - San Juanillo Red Honey

Varietal – Marsallesa
Preparation – Red Honey
Location – Naranjo, West Valley
Altitude – 1600 masl


Costa Rica is one of our favourite coffee-producing countries, and we love being able to trade directly with producers via the help of Selva Coffee. Selva is a small export business based in Tarrazu with their own cupping lab and direct connections to some of the best coffee producers in the country. Costa Rica is a beautiful country know for its focus on the environment and sustainability, and this is very evident in the coffee industry. Coffee from Costa Rica can showcase many different processing styles and flavour profiles from wild, juicy natural process coffees to soft, delicate honey-processed coffees. Some small producers and co-operatives also produce washed coffees, and experimental processes like anaerobic fermentation have also become very popular. 

We first bought coffee from San Juanillo farm in 2019 and visited them in 2020 and during the 2022-2023 harvest.

Costa Rica San Juanillo

Every year we buy their natural and honey process both produced from the Marsallesa varietal. This is a great way to experience the same coffee processed using two different methods.

Farm Overview:

Tomas Gutierrez and Allan Vargas bought the farm in 2007 intending to regenerate the landscape, soil and to plant new and exciting varietals. The farm was originally planted with Caturra and Catuai trees. Tomas and Allan were keen to try out new varietals that showed better resistance to disease and those that show interesting cup character. They now grow a range of varietals including Marsellesa, H1 Centroamericano, Caturra, Catuaí and a small amount of Geisha. In 2018 they purchased their neighbours' farm, increasing their total farm size to 12 hectares, and they are Rainforest Alliance certified. In 2015 they placed 19th in the Cup of Excellence competition with a coffee from their H1 hybrid varietal.

Harvesting and Processing:

This Red Honey processed coffee was hand-harvested from the Marsallesa varietal trees on the farm. Tomas and Allan employ a team of highly skilled pickers who are paid a premium for selecting only the ripest cherry. Many of these pickers travel to work in Costa Rica from Panama and Nicaragua. They are highly valued for their hard work and dedication during the harvest. 

Costa Rica San Juanillo coffee harvest

After harvesting, the coffee is transported to the Patalillo micro mill. The coffee cherry is floated in a fermentation tank to remove any defective cherry. The cherry is then fermented for 12-16 hours after the flotation process. This kickstarts the natural fermentation process, and tests indicate that this can contribute to better flavours in the cup. 

After resting the coffee is pulped to remove the outer layer of fruit and the coffee is taken directly to raised drying tables for an initial two day drying period. The raised tables allow the coffee to dry quickly with better airflow; this reduces the chances of mould growth and allows the mucilage to dry enough that it will stick to the outer parchment layer of the beans. The coffee is then moved to concrete patios for drying. They call this process red honey as the amount of mucilage and speed of drying tend to cause the mucilage to dry as a deep, vibrant red colour. 

Tasting Notes: 

This is an excellent example of a lovely juicy honey-processed Costa Rican coffee. The honey process has contributed incredible sweetness and body and fruit notes that remind us of red apple, caramel with a cocoa-like finish. 


This coffee works well for all brew methods. 

Filter: Dose 15g, water 250g. 

Espresso: Dose 17 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as whole bean and pre-ground, but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 

Carbon-neutral shipping with Shopify Planet
Carbon neutral shipping on all orders
Powered by Shopify Planet

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Jamie Birley
Beautiful Coffee

I brewed this as filter (15g/250ml) and have found it completely delicious. Lots of sweetness and with a crisp juiciness that follows. The apple notes come through more and more as your coffee cools.

As an aside, these are some of the most beautiful coffee beans - you drink with your eyes and they look so good i almost want to gobble them up before they even hit the grinder.

Impressive coffee

Great coffee. Got all tasting note mentioned on the label :)

Rita Towne
Great tasting coffee

First bought this for a friend for his birthday, he said it was delicious so have bought him some more for Christmas. The ideal present 🎅🥳

Dan Turner

This has a different flavour profile to what I would usually go for but thought I would try something different and I am so glad I did. This coffee is delicious poured over milk after brewing in a Moka pot with different layers of flavour as you drink it down.

Jeff Cozens
Great Coffee

Taste is good I like this coffee.