This lot is from a new micro-mill we are working with in the Santa Maria de Dota area of Tarrazu; Beneficio Los Angeles. We offered a unique nano-lot early this year called Sangre de Toro from the same mill and same farm: La Bisunga. Situated at 1650 to 1780 meters, it is planted in Caturra cultivar, and occupies about 1 hectare of land (2.5 acres). The mill is directly across from the home of the Calderon family. Ricardo Calderon was a member of Coopedota, the outsized regional coffee coop, when he decided to try to get better payment for his coffee by offering it in a more direct way. By processing his own coffee cherry rather than delivering it to the cooperative, he risked a steep investment in the milling equipment, the building, and all the labor involved. But the reward was getting a better return by selling a finished product, green coffee, not just the fruit. This basic formula has been repeated by many producers in Costa Rica who did not feel that simply selling coffee cherry was advancing their situation. While not a key to success for all, those who truly understand coffee and have a great chance to achieve excellent quality (ie. good cultivars, high altitude, healthy trees) have done well taking this route. I met the Calderons before their first crop was in, but in cupping the initial samples I knew their coffee was going to be stellar.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
This is a sweet and balanced cup, but with some piquant elements that underscore the fruit notes and add complexity. The dry fragrance in the lighter roasts has bright cherry and maple with a slight piney note at Full City, lending it an interesting bittersweetquality. Malty but still bright on the wet aroma, with a mild tea like bracing acidity on the break. The Full City roast is syrupy with cherry and malted dark chocolate in the finish. The lighter roasts have a juicy mouthfeel with strawberry and apricot while the maple from the dry fragrance and tea-like character from the break take on more of an almond quality that adds a pleasant dry accent to the acidity. In the cool cup, the cherry note intensifies in the Full City roast but still has a bittersweet chocolate finish.
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