An elegant and sweet cup, with berry fruit, malic (apple) brightness, and a refined, clear sweetness. Slightly ripe fruit/winey aspect to the cup, indicating very mature coffee cherry selection. In this aspect, it has a Kenya-like suggestion in the cup. The body is not heavy, but silky in texture. City to City+ is a must, do not roast this dark or it loses much of these fine qualities.
San Martin de Leon Cortes is a small village on a high ridge, and not located on any official map. It is situated on along a part-paved and part-dirt road in the famed Tarrazu coffee-growing region of Costa Rica. Coffees from this area seem to mature over a longer period of time, and later than other areas of the Leon Cortes area of Tarrazu. This might account for some of the different cup flavors, or it could be that there are still old, local varietals in this area. This coffee is sourced from small producers in the area and processed at a nearby mill that has prepared some of our nicest lots in years past. So it's the best of both worlds for coffee quality; a great source for coffee cherries, and great processing and patio-drying.
The dry fragrance has brown sugar sweetness and black cherry at City+ roast level, and praline almond with a hint of fudge at Full City. The wet aromatics have more intense dark fruits, cherry and blackberry, lots of dark sugars and slight floral hints in light roasts. Darker roasts show nice aroma but lack subtlety. The cup is brilliant and clear, with dark berry notes, caramel and black walnut at City+ level. It is a really elegant and sweet cup, and at a lighter roast level it shines. It cools with more berry fruit emerging, a bit of mora (a blackberry type), some malic apple brightness, and a very refined, clear sweetness. There is a slightly ripe fruit/winey aspect to the cup, suggesting very mature coffee cherry selection. In this aspect, it has a Kenya-like suggestion in the cup. The body is not heavy, but silky in texture. This is not a powerhouse coffee, but the qualities it has are so well-defined, hence very positive scores!