Costa Rica Los Crestones Finca Alaska

Costa Rica Los Crestones Finca Alaska

Farm Description

Los Crestones is an area of unique rocky outcroppings in the area of the Chirripó National Park, a zone called La Piedra de Rivas. It is also a minor region of coffee production adjacent to the parklands, in quite a different zone than the major areas one might be familiar with; Tarrazu, Central Valley, or the Western Valley regions. This new-crop selection is from a small farm, Finca Alaska, that is very unique considering its "off-the-radar" location on the slopes of the country's highest peak, Chirripo. Los Crestones is a coffee producer group who shares a micro mill, drying patios, and newly installed dry-mill too (they benefit from being able to use parchment to fuel dryers when needed, as well as saving on paying someone else to dry mill their coffee - see the 3rd pic), but each farm processes their coffees separately. Finca Alaska is actually made up of a few small plots owned by Asdrubal Acuña Hernández, one of the founding members of the Crestones group. This lot comes from 1650 - 1700 meters.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The fragrance of the dry grinds show a restrained, light brown sugar sweetness, a scent of cardamom cake, and a vanilla spice note. A stone fruit and molasses smell come off the steam of the wet crust, like peach turnover, and subtle spice tea notes on the break. The smells of our Full City roast verge on dark grape and showed intense sweetness. City+ is a safe roast level for Finca Alaska, and when warm, demonstrates dried fruit flavors along the lines of raisin and, even more so, dried plum. As the coffee cools a pleasant tartness appears and a beautiful cranberry note comes into play. Cooling even further, the brightness continues to prevail, conjuring white grape juice and a note of habiscus tea. The finish on this lot is buttery and chocolatey leaning towards raw nibs. City+ roast really brings out the unique sweetness of this coffee, with malted barley syrup and oatmeal cookie. Acidity may slightly diminish if taken too deep into the roast although expect acidity to pervade on into Full City territory.

Score

87.5

Lot Size

10 x 46 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City - we preferred somewhere in the middle to highlight acidity

Processing

Other (see review)

Varietal

Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

SHB; .6 d/300gr, 15 -18 Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Outside the Crestones micro mill

Coffee cherry harvest, at Los Crestones in Chirripo

Covered drying beds, African style, in Chirripo

Harvest time at Los Crestones in Chirripo
 

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