A delicate and sweet coffee, with butter notes, caramel, toffee and hazelnut. With a good 48 hours of rest after roasting, it is intensely bright and fruited. The body has a density to it, giving the coffee some good viscosity on the palate. City to Full City roast.
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 2011 crop selection from a small farm, Finca Alaska. 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 dry fragrance at lighter roast levels has a "jam on toast" scent; sweet grain, currant jammy note, as well as honey and a bit of hazelnut. I was really surprised by the sweet aromatics here when adding hot water to the grounds; 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 rather impressive for a wet-process style Costa Rica coffee; it has good density to it nonetheless, giving the coffee some viscosity on the palate. It is not a super complex coffee, and fades elegantly, though rather fast, on the palate.