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Costa Rica - Naranjo, Tarrazu, Dota

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in dota much of the coffee flower had bloomed a few days before. blossoms last just 3 days in dota. you can see the browning edges here
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back at cafecoop for more cupping, some sample bags of their customers. this one is palestine.
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historic photo of ox based transportation of coffee, from the picker's basket to the coffee mill.
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in the mall near bella vista estate, tres rios. tres rios is becoming a suburb. here we have a coffee kiosk where a coffee tree used to stand ... there won't be such a thing as tres rios coffee in a few years.
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my favorite thing to collect on trips, bottle caps. i usually say i am collectiong them for my nephew, if i am too embarrased to ask for them outright.
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the next day, we head up to the naranjo region. here is the town of naranjo.
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the sign at the coop of naranjo coffee farmers. there are 2500 members, most with very small farms of 1 hectare.
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the coop owns a coffeehouse in town under their offices. I liked the fact that "export quality coffee" means good coffee. it is actually a very accurate statement, since most coffee sold to "local markets" is of lower quality. there's a reson people prefer nescafe to local coffee in many producing countries... sad but true
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the coop is many things, as well as a bank for its members, asociados.
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in the offices of cooppronaranjo, along with awards, a genuine starbucks soccer-futbol. actually, i would like to kick that thing around a bit.
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my favorite bag design from the coop. Caracol means snail, but it is also the name for peaberry since it has a rounded, snail-like appearance.
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super-coffee-cherry-crusader.
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they use the new pulpers to remove the skin of the cherry - these use no water, which helps the mill to maintain high environmental standards, which are mandatory under costa rica law.
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an easy way to count the amount of incoming coffee cherry at their receiving station
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a nosey gringo jumps into the pile coffee coffee in the silo. hey, it wasn't nice-looking parchment coffee so this can only improve the flavor.
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their mill brand for primera quality, la rosa, being prepared for shipment to oakland. if only i had a white t-shirt on i could have asked for him to print it...
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a little cupping at the naranjo coop after a long day. i think that dude max (brown shirt) was trying to intimidate me. what's up with that? they had these funny pvc-pipe spitoons, the big green thing.
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a very old 3 barrel probat sample roaster in naranjo. it will run forever.
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the trees nearby were just about to open their flowers, maybe the next day.
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these are the "candellas", flowers about to open. these trees were caturra
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outside the mill office, a cashew tree ... something I had never seen before.
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... and some towering bamboo, a pachymorph type, perhaps bambusa oldhamii . oh, that's just a rough guess... anyway, it was a nice, swift cupping trip.

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