This coffee is a micro lot that originates at Brumas del Zurqui, located in the area of San Isidro de Heredia, Central Valley. Much of their coffee is a pulp natural type (which we have offered by the colorful name Vino de Arabia), but this is a full wet-process type coffee created with a forced demucilage machine. It is from the higher altitude farm owned by Juan Ramon Alvarado, El Centro, ranging from 1450-1550 meters. In fact, this is one of the higher altitude coffees available in the Central Valley region, which is becoming rapidly urbanized due to it's close proximity to the capital, San Jose. The coffee is unique because of Juan Ramon's extensive training in Agronomy and Economics. He seems to looking at coffee in a new and innovative way, which leads us to some great discussions when we meet. (The latest was about the "charge" of the soil, electrically speaking, and the way it influences the receptivity of the coffee roots to nutrients!) His approach is different and the cup character is also quite different than the West Valley or Tarrazu lots. The dry fragrance has honey sweetness, pecan nut, as well as a malted grain scent at the light roast. Darker roasts aromatics turn to chocolate laced with raisin and plum. The wet aroma was really nice at City roast, with butter and maple syrup over oatmeal! No, that was not what I ate for breakfast, either. This is a Costa Rica flavor profile with a bit of heft to it, with dense and opaque body. That's an uncommon quality in wet-processed style CR coffees. The lightest roast I did was very sweet, with pear fruit notes and apple brightness to it. But the finish is a little grainy at City roast. I found the Full City roast to be the best overall. While aromatically a little flatter, there is thick mouthfeel, sweet plum and raisin notes, a slight winey quality to the fruit, and chocolate roast taste. In the finish, there is a panela sweet quality. Panela are the raw sugar cakes sold in Latin America, and have both caramel and vanilla qualities along with sucrose sweetness, a full and slightly rustic flavor. In the long aftertaste, baked apple notes emerge. It's a different cup than the lighter-bodied, mildly citric Costa Rica lots, and a compelling offering in that respect.