From the Canet micro-region of Tarrazu valley. Moderate brightness, with heavily fruited aromatics and cup flavors. Banana, melon, orange peel, dark brown sugar sweetness. Ideal cup is at Full City roast level, but a nice cup throughout the roast range.
This lot is from a small region in the greater Tarrazu valley, near San Marcos de Tarrazu. It is called Bajo Canet de Tarrazu; Bajo means "low", but in fact the coffee in this area averages 1600 to 1700 meters, quite high! While you find Bourbon and Typica varietal coffee trees in this area, most of the coffee is the excellent Caturra type, as well as the equally nice Villa Sarchi. I liked this coffee because of it's moderate acidic brightness, and strong fruited aromatics and flavor. It also performs very well with slightly darker roasts, whereas some of our other Costa Rica offerings have a sweet spot in the lighter roast levels.
This coffee is well fruited in the fragrance from the ground coffee, with suggestions of banana and melon. There is also quite a lot of caramel sweetness, while in the wet aroma it is a more bracing chocolate bittersweet roast taste that in apparent. The cup character depends greatly on roast level, but has fruited notes in lighter and darker roasts. The same fruits, melon (aspects of watermelon and honeydew) are there, with banana and chocolate-covered orange peel. Darker roasts actually seem to have greater sweetness (the opposite is often the case). I felt that Full City and Full City+ roasts had a dark brown sugar aspect, and a nice tangy roast taste as well. The fruits still come through clearly at the darker levels, and the body is elevated a bit. There's a herbal/botanical backdrop to this coffee which I find interesting, and comes out in the cooler cup. But for the most part it's a nice crowd-pleaser, less acidic than other Costa Rica lots, and balanced out by rather thick body.