The cup has a classic Costa Rica character, crisp brightness, well-defined cup flavors, and a clean finish. Surprisingly syrupy body, with sweet cane sugar notes. Darker roasts have a cola nut note, with more caramelized sugar sweetness. City to Full City+.
This coffee comes to us from Lourdes de Naranjo in the West Valley region of Costa Rica. It's a unique agricultural zone with small dairy farms alongside coffee. It's one of the few places I have seen coffee inter-planted with cabbage (which is used as a sort of salad topping, called repollo, on nearly everything, including tacos). This lot is from a single small farm planted in Caturra cultivar, and is produced using a wet-process style with solar drying on patios. The choice of coffee variety, good growing elevations (1600 meters) and excellent processing of the fruit result in a clear, clean, transparent flavor profile.
The dry fragrance has a sweet-savory character, muscavado sugar and bouillion, with allspice and cinnamon stick accents. The wet aroma has a cane sugar note, roasted almonds, cream and milk chocolate roast character dominating. Darker roasts have a cola nut note, with more caramelized sugar sweetness. The cup has a classic Costa Rica character, crisp brightness, well-defined cup flavors, and a clean finish. The cup has surprisingly syrupy body, with sweet cane sugar notes. Lighter roasts have a pronounced acidity, and apple like (malic) brightness with pear hints as well. With a little more development, Bourbon vanilla and viscous caramel emerge, with subtle baking spice notes in the finish.