Costa Rica Cafetin San Martin

Costa Rica Cafetin San Martin

Farm Description

San Martín is a small village at the end of a dirt road not located on any official map. It is situated on a high mountain ridge in the famed Tarrazù coffee-growing region of Costa Rica. Cafetín in not a large commercial grower, but a group of 25 small family farms. An American, Tim O’Brien lived in this small town as Peace Corps Volunteer from the US in 1994-96. Here he made lifelong friendships in the remote mountain towns of the central highlands and developed a taste for the great locally grown coffee. In 2003 he returned to Costa Rica and as a social project built a small mill to process his old friends' coffee in order to help them recover from the coffee (pricing) crisis. In the process it was discovered that the town had a special micro-climate and heirloom varieties of coffee with exceptional quality, winning 5th in the last Cup of Excellence competition. This is a lot that arrived at the tail end of the main '09 harvest and we cellared it in GrainPro bags (the special gas-impermeable liners we use that perform similarly to a vacuum pack). The result now that we are breaking into this lot is an amazing fresh coffee, just as it arrived, a testament to good storage as well as the fact that Cafetin is well processed and "rested" before export.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The floral notes in the dry fragrance are those I prize, a sweet rose-like scent, praline nut/pecan toffee; a wonderful combination of smells. The wet aromatics are similar, floral, a raspberry tea note, honey. This cup is brilliant and clear and sweet, with a caramel and nut roast flavor at City roast, becoming even sweeter with maple at City+ level. It's a really elegant cup, the kind that does very well in competitions (and of course, that's why it did!). It cools with more berry fruit emerging, a bit of Mora (a Latin blackberry), some apple brightness, and a very refined, clear sweetness and. There is a slightly ripe fruit/winey aspect to the cup, suggesting very mature coffee cherry selection. In this regard, it has a Kenya-like suggestion. The body is not heavy, but silky in texture. This is not a powerhouse coffee, but the qualities it has are so well-defined, hence very positive scores! This coffee has a great flavor profile, and I would not be surprised to see it in the top 3 of next year's CoE event.



Lot Size

9 Bags of 60 kg Each

Roast Recommendations

City to City+ is ideal; this is a bright coffee and it is a shame to obscure the high notes too much with 2nd crack


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

.2 defects per 300 grams; 16-18 screen


Shipped in GrainPro, vacuum packed at our warehouse
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Cafetin San Martin, the sign at the mill.

View of Cafetin beneficio from across the way

Tom O'Brien at Cafetin

The rasied drying beds (after the season was over)

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