Costa Rica Los Manantiales Fidel

Costa Rica Los Manantiales Fidel

Farm Description

Mantantiales is a stone's throw from Finca Genesis, an emblematic coffee for us here at Sweet Maria's/Coffee Shrub. I had met with the owner, Daysi Rodriguez a couple years ago, but last year's lot did not come in well and we rejected it. It seems Daysi is really too busy to manage the farm and, white-knuckled but in full acknowledgment of the slip-ups in the past, ceded management to a full-time farm manager. The arrival of this year's lot from Manantiales, a microlot designated "Fidel" shows a marked improvement And it should' this was the farm that was #1 in the 2008 Cup of Excellence (under the rather odd name of Imporatoras Latinoamericas?!?). And rather than the honey-style pulp natural method that gave us some uneven results last year, this is a fully-washed type coffee. I had a mini heart attack when the samples arrived this year because it is quite a small bean lot, and I wasn't thrilled with the preparation (higher than usual number of broken beans, see the .8 defect score). In reality, the cup has been minimally affected by this broken bean issue. I am getting even test roasts, and the cup is excellent.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

There is an abundance of cocoa powder and cane sugar in the dry fragrance, with red apple fruit notes. It's a rather bold juicy scent, and along with apple there is white grape, and a bit of tangerine in there. The wet aroma has the same juicy fruited notes, sweet and also marked by a caramelized sugar-browning sweetness. On the break, a very floral honey scent emerges. The cup is outstanding; bright and lively acidity gives a refreshing effect, and hibiscus floral notes come through, especially as the cup temperature drops. There is a Turbinado sugar sweetness (raw sugar-like, but not rustic sugar like Muscavado). Apple tastes are evident when the cup is hot, changing more toward Peach tea flavor in the cooling coffee. There's a hint of praline and hazelnut in the background. The lighter roasts of this coffee, just through first crack and stopped immediately, had a distinct under-roast scent, a bit on the grassy side. It's a dense bean and can take a bit more heat to roast. I would suggest City+ to Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">Full City+.

Score

89.7

Lot Size

25 Bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City+

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra     Villa Sarchi    

Grade & Appearance

8 defects per 300grams, 15-17 Screen

Packaging

Shipped in GrainPro, vacuum packed at our warehouse
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One of Daysi's many dogs

Finca Manantiales at sunset

Daysi and honey coffee in "reposo"