The cup is brilliant and clear, with caramel and nut roast flavor at City roast, even sweeter at City+ level. An elegant and sweet cup if roasted light. Berry fruit as it cools with a bit of mora (a type of blackberry), apple brightness, refined, clear sweetness. Ripe fruit/winey aspect suggesting mature coffee cherry selection, silky body. City to City+.
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 the a hint of floral character, rose-like scent at City roast level, and praline nut/pecan toffee smells at City+. The wet aromatics are similar, slight floral in light roasts with a raspberry and honey. Darker roasts had nice aroma but lacked subtlety. The cup is brilliant and clear, with a caramel and nut roast flavor at City roast, becoming even sweeter at City+ level. It is a really elegant and sweet cup; at the right roast levels it shines. It cools with more berry fruit emerging, a bit of mora (a blackberry type), some 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!