Finca Jose is tucked in a unique rocky outcropping in the area of the Chirrip_ 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. Finca Jose is a 16 hectare farm (tops out at 1950 meters) run by a man of the same name, who acquired this land 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.
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 allusions to cooked pumpkin with brown sugar and nutmeg. City roasts present a mouth-cleansing brightness, marked by a mouthfeel of bracing tea. Fruited tones are also very tea-like, apple tea with cinnamon, a rindy lemon flavor and walnut accent in the aftertaste. City+ to Full City roasts build out convincing dark cocoa notes, and a wild berry top note that makes for a delicious 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.