Santa Lucia is one of the farms that contributes coffee to the Helsar del Zarcero mill in the West Valley region of Costa Rica. Helsar de Zarcero represents the combined efforts of Ricardo Perez Barrantes and Rodriguez Villalobos, and it's a name you see a lot around here; they have great altitude (1725 meters) and produce classic, bright Costa Rica coffees. Their farms are on a high ridge in the are of Alajuela, in the coffee areas of both Zarcero and Naranjo. They grow Typica, Caturra and Villa Sarchi cultivars. They have an excellent MicroMill and dry most of their top grade coffees on raised beds/screens in a covered tent (to increase heat and prevent rain damage). The dry fragrance has toasted almond and vanilla scents, with Dutch cocoa suggestions. It is a very balanced-yet-attractive smell. I was surprised how much this tracked through the wet aroma, and in the cup flavors. The body is impressive, creamy, and underscores the balanced cup. The lightest roast I did (City) has great Golden Delicious apple and refined honey sweetness, with very lively acidity. It's more delicate than the C+ and FC roasts, but I like it the most on the cupping table ...We call it a cupper's roast, a level too light for many consumers but great for tasting the coffee without obscuring it with roast notes. At this level, the coffee appears very wrinkly and variegated in color, stopped promptly as 1st crack ends. Interestingly, after a few days of rest (well 48 hours), and with normal brewing, I liked the slightly darker roasts more. City+ had some star fruit, and FC+ starts to develop a really nice, creamy chocolate roast flavor with anise accents. I have awarded an extra cupper's point for this classic cup profile and excellent balance.