Costa Rica San Martin de Leon Cortes

Costa Rica San Martin de Leon Cortes

Farm Description

San Martin de Leon Cortes is a small village on a high ridge, and not located on any official map. It is situated along a part-paved and part-dirt road in the famed Tarrazu coffee-growing region of Costa Rica. Coffees from this area seem to mature over a longer period of time, and later than other areas of the Leon Cortes area of Tarrazu. This might account for some of the different cup flavors, or it could be that there are still old, local varietals in this area. This coffee is sourced from small producers in the area and processed at a nearby mill that has prepared some of our nicest lots in years past. So it's the best of both worlds for coffee quality; a great source for coffee cherries, and great processing and patio-drying.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

There is a slightly ripe fruit/winey aspect to the cup, suggesting very mature coffee cherry selection. In this aspect, it has a Kenya-like suggestion in the cup. The dry fragrance has brown sugar sweetness and black cherry at City roast level, and praline almond with a hint of fudge at City+. The wet aromatics have more intense dark fruits, cherry and blackberry, with slight floral in light roasts. Darker roasts had nice aroma but lacked subtlety. The cup is brilliant and clear, with a dark berry notes, caramel and black walnut at City+ level. It is a really elegant and sweet cup; at the right roast levels it shines. It cools with more berry fruit emerging, a bit of mora (a blackberry type), some malic apple brightness, and a very refined, clear sweetness. 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!



Lot Size

25 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 d/300gr, 17-18 screen


Shipped in GrainPro, vacuum packed at our warehouse
Bookmark and Share
This coffee has sold out. The review is provided for reference purposes only.

San Martin on the raised drying tables

Old Typica variety found around the area.

Often in the clouds- terrain of San Martin

The rasied drying beds at San Martin, sans coffee


#1 orange citrus acidity

orange citrus acidity throughout in the warm cup from the City roast, with a creamy texture to the body. City+ has a magnificent balance to it. As it cools it definitely gets more malic and a bit more brisk in the finish, pleasantly so. This coffee really maintained its sweetness as it cooled, even after an hour. I think this would brew up really nice as a cold brew or iced coffee.

Further Green Coffee Offerings

Costa Rica Helsar Cascara Coffee Fruit Tea

Cascara has a raisin-prune smell, clean and clearly fruited. It shares many light, and tart smells and flavors with dried hibiscus, the flower used to make jamaica tea in Mexico. As soon as you...

Guatemala Xinabajul Santa Barbara

This small producer blend has a profile of candied sugar and soft spice notes, with heavy cacao/chocolate bittersweetness as you pass the middle roast range. Grinding this coffee produces a sweet...

Sweet Maria's Majirani African Blend

Majirani is a force to be reckoned with. Espresso ...