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Dried fruit flavors along the lines of raisin and, even more so, dried plum. As it cools, tartness appears and a beautiful cranberry note comes into play. Cooling even further, the brightness continues to prevail, conjuring white grape. The finish on this lot is buttery and chocolatey leaning towards raw nibs. City to City+ is ideal for sweetness.
Los Crestones is an area of unique rocky outcroppings in the area of the Chirrip_ 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 lot was a 2012 crop selection 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 and drying patios, but each farm processes their coffees separately. Finca Alaska is actually three small farms owned by Asdrubal Acu±a Hernndez, one of the founding members of the group. This lot comes from 1650 - 1700 meters.
The fragrance of the dry grinds showed heaps of sweetness in the form of dark fruits like raisin and blackberry but also brown sugar. Baking spices, such as all-spice and powdered ginger, were brought out in our darker roast. Molasses and nutmeg came through in the crust, with the darker roast hinting at all the components of a baked apple pie. The break showed more of the same with the berry notes resurfacing. At a City roast level Alaska, when warm, demonstrates dried fruit flavors along the lines of raisin and, even more so, dried plum. As the coffee cools a tartness appears and a beautiful cranberry note comes into play. Cooling even further, the brightness continues to prevail, conjuring white grape. 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 into City+.