Costa Rica Los Crestones Finca Alaska

Interplay of unrefined sugar and bittering roast tone, semi-sweet chocolate, malted barley syrup, oatmeal cookie finishing flavor of raw cacao nibs. Fantastic dual-use coffee. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.

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  • Process Method Machine Washed
  • Cultivar Caturra Types, Modern Hybrids
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region La Piedra de Rivas Zone, Chirripo
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date August 2019 Arrival
Lot size 38
Bag size 46 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Caturra, Catuai
Grade SHB
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

Los Crestones is an area of unique rocky outcroppings in the area of the Chirripo 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 new-crop selection is from a single 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, drying patios and dry-mill too (they benefit from being able to use parchment to fuel dryers when needed, as well as saving on paying someone else to dry mill their coffee). Finca Alaska is actually made up of a few small plots owned by Asdrubal Acuna Hernandez, one of the founding members of the Crestones group. This lot comes from 1650 - 1700 meters and is a mix of Caturra and Catui.

The fragrance of the dry grinds show restrained, light brown sugar sweetness, a scent of spice cake and a vanilla accent. A dark sweetness of molasses comes up in the steam of the wet crust, intermixed with chocolate and raisin. City+ is a safe roast level for Finca Alaska, and when warm, demonstrates dried fruit and tea-like hints when the coffee cools down some. The cup is centered around an interplay of unrefined sugar sweetness and bittering roast tones that together have the appeal of semi-sweet chocolate. City+ roast really brings out the unique sweetness of this coffee, with malted barley syrup and oatmeal cookie on the list. Full City roasting amplifies the chocolate flavors while retaining balanced sweetness. The finish on this lot is buttery and chocolatey leaning towards raw nibs, especially when roasted dark (FC and beyond). A fantastic dual-use choice for brew/espresso. My espresso shot of a Full City roast had a hazelnut chocolate flavor with an interesting 'mineral' like effervescence.