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Sonora Honey - Coffee for a Cause

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CUP PROFILE: Sweet hazelnut aromas lead to a smooth-bodied cup with notes of milk chocolate, stone fruit, and baking spice with a clean finish.

COUNTRY: Costa Rica
REGION: Carrillos Altos de Poas, Alajuela
PRODUCER: Diego Guardia
CULTIVAR: Red and Yellow Catuai, Bourbon, Geisha, Villalobos and Villa Sarchi
ELEVATION1200-1300 masl
PROCESSHoney, Natural
OTHER NOTES: Single origin, Sustainable, Traceable

COFFEE FOR A CAUSE: Barefoot is donating a portion of the proceeds to which seeks to end hunger and poverty by training farmers to regenerate their land. The world loses trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as food systems destroy ecosystems mostly in developing tropic countries.'s 4-year training program leads to the planting of thousands of trees that protect and bring nutrients back to the soil. This helps farmers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, all while improving the environment. 

Diego Guardia’s family owns Hacienda Sonora which specializes in honey and natural processes. Sonora is reputed for its quality micro-lots, specific varietal and processing separation, and for leaving a positive impact on the environment and people that surround their business. 

Sonora’s coffees grow amongst indigenous trees and other diverse vegetation that provide a great environment for quality and improve the chemistry of soil that’s already naturally rich from volcanic ash. Thanks to the farm’s diverse ecosystem, many different species of birds and animals make their homes on the land.

All of the energy consumed by the farm is harvested there and 100% renewable, powering the mill and electricity for local workers.

The Honey Natural is a blend of 50% black-honey process and 50% natural process. Using the Honey method saves over three gallons of water per pound of coffee, and the Natural process doesn’t use any water. Black honey process means that those coffee beans were processed with 100 percent of the mucilage still intact. 

Type: Coffee