Costa Rica Chirripo Finca Jose Lot 2

Costa Rica Chirripo Finca Jose Lot 2

Farm Description

Finca Jose is tucked in a unique rocky outcropping in the area of the Chirripó National Park, a zone called La Piedra de Rivas. Unlike the coffee regions most are familiar with - Tarrazu, Central Valley, or the Western Valley regions - this part of La Piedra de Rivas is on a road less traveled, a dead-end road actually, the end intersecting the few micromills serving farmers in the region. This is our second lot of coffee from Finca Jose, both harvests from the same month. The farm sits on a lush 16 acres of dizzying mountainside (tops out at 1950 meters), land Jose inherited from his grandfather some time ago. This past year Jose and his brother Jonny have invested in building out their own micromill on property adjacent to Jose's home, allowing them to have a more direct hand in the sale of their coffee as parchment, rather then sell whole cherry to one of the neighboring mills. They have 23 hectares between them, and the ability to run a mill of this size at capacity. This is now their second year of operation, and they've managed to make many improvements to the original mill (including new dry milling equipment and raised beds), as well as build a new micro-mill at Johnny's home down the road "Corazon de Jesus". This is the first of two lots we picked up from the most recent harvest. Like most Costa Rican coffees, they use a mechanical demucilaging maching to remove the sticky fruit after pulping the cherry, bypassing fermentation altogether. The do produce honeys, though this particular lot is what they call a "white honey", which really has as little fruit as possible intact after processing, more or less their version of a wet processed.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Coffees from Chirripo are often some of the more complex Costa Rica coffees we taste, and Finca Jose is no exception. The dry fragrance shows spiced fruit and with brooding dark-sugar sweetness, our City and Full City roasts boasting an attractive set of scents. Adding hot water brings up a smell of buttery caramel sauce, as well as a smell of oatmeal raisin cookie dough. City roasts are the brightest, marked by a mouthfeel of citrus spritzer and bracing tea, but we found City+ struck the most balance. At this level, dark fruit accents infuse a flavor of high % cacao bar, along with a hint of cardamom spice. City+ to Full City roasts are loaded with dark cocoa notes, a plum top note, and a fruited-cocoa finish. A showstopper Costa Rica in the light to middle roast range, we achieved remarkable cleanliness using a filter cone with paper filters.

Score

87.8

Lot Size

45 x 46 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City produces plenty of fruit and deep cocoa tones

Processing

Other (see review)

Varietal

Catuai     Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

SHB; .4 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Señor Jose at the Imperio Rojo mill

Inside the Jose's "bodega" coffee store the climate is quite cool and stable

Pickers during harvest at the farm

Looking down on the rising slopes of Finca Jose
 

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