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Costa Rica Dota El Conquistador

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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate No
Region Central America
Grade SHB
Appearance 0 d/300gr, 16-17 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City+; this coffee takes a wide degree of roasts, with winey hints more apparent at C+ roast, and pungent chocolate notes emerging at FC+
Weight 1 LB
Dota is a small subregion adjacent to the Tarraz_ valley proper, more remote than the areas where most of the coffee in Costa Rica is planted. And for years this particular coffee, El Conquistador, went primarily to a single roaster in Germany. Great Dota coffees are fairly small sized seeds, with greater density due to the high altitudes they are cultivated at. Some roasters used to believe that the unique Dota cup character was the result of extra fermentation times at the mill during the wet-processing of the coffee. But it fact it is processed the same way that other Tarraz_ coffees are, with the same fermentation times. The difference is in the unique soils that are found in the Dota micro-region of Tarraz_, and the tradition of harvesting the coffee cherry very ripe. The result is a winey hint in the cup. We have stocked this coffee for several years now and in each blind cupping to new-crop Costas it is always a standout (but often in a slightly different way). City + roast of this lot has more of the winey fruited hints than a darker roast level. Depending on roast, this winey quality can taste more like ripe fruit than wine, really, and is a soft, muted flavor, not an aggressive wineyness of some Kenya auction lots, for example. There is chocolate throughout the roast range, from milk chocolate in the light roasts to a semi-sweet chocolate at FC+ or Vienna. Dota has a lower, more integrated acidity/brightness in the cup; the winey brighter note knits well with the body, and the chocolate roast tastes. At darker roast levels, especially FC or FC+, the cup has a really nice chocolate bittersweet, with a fruited/winey aspect moving into the background, or being completely overshadowed. The body is medium but has a fine, silky texture. Note: This just arrived but we have a limited amount of the Conquistador so we are limiting each order to 2 Lbs maximum. Sorry ... we want to spread it out and have it last a little while.