Los Crestones is an area of unique rocky outcroppings in the area of the Chirrip_ National Park. It is also a region of coffee production adjacent to the parklands, and this lot was a late harvest selection from 1600-1700 meters. This is a small lot, a really new coffee region that we have never offered before. It might be surprising to some to note how we received this lot. I rejected a Crestones offering last year with no complaint except that I found it boring and it didn't inspire many descriptors. I can't deal with a coffee like that. Any mill, especially a good one, that separates their lots by producer, by coffee plot, or by micro regions within their growing areas, is going to have variable qualities. Not every coffee can be a winner, even if you do everything right; harvest well, select ripe cherry, process and dry correctly, etc. You will maximize quality for each respective lot, but you can't elevate it beyond the threshold of the coffee shrub's potential, it's health, the soil and microclimate, the organic input factor, and all the other agricultural variables. Anyway, Finca Alaska is one farm that is part of the Los Crestones group, who share a micro mill but each farm processes their coffees separately. Finca Alaska is actually three small farms, all owned by Asdrubal Acu±a Hernndez, one of the founding members of the group. This lot comes from a small 1650-1750 meter area, and it was completely different than what we rejected in 2009; this is so sweet and bright! The dry fragrance at lighter roast levels has a "jam on toast" scent; sweet grain, currant jammy note, as well as honey. I was really surprised by the sweet aromatics here; stone fruit notes, peach and apricot, come through in the cup as well. Clean and bright, buttery, caramel and cane sugar sweetness, toffee, hazelnut, cleanly disappearing; these are my notes for the City-City+ roast of Finca Alaska. With a good 48 hours of rest after roasting, the lightest levels were my favorite: intensely bright and fruited. The body is light, but has a good density to it, giving the coffee some good viscosity on the palate. It is not a super complex coffee, and fades elegantly, though rather fast, on the palate. I like that: Sometimes you don't want a coffee that will hang around in your mouth for a half hour after drinking it. Sometimes it's nice to have a break from crazy dry-process fruit bomb lots, or exotic leathery-hidey Yemeni coffees. Crestones is like pushing the reset button, to recall what a really clean, delicate, bright, mild, sweet cup of coffee actually tastes like.