Balanced sweet and bittering tones at a wide roast range. Top notes are tea-like, apple tea with mild baking spice, and a sweetened cocoa flavor builds as it cools. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Region||Chirripo National Park, La Piedra de Rivas|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||July 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||46 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Catuai|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Finca Jose is tucked away in a unique rocky outcropping in the area of the Chirripo National Park, a zone called La Piedra de Rivas. Unlike the coffee regions most are familiar with - Tarrazu, Central Valley, or the Western Valley regions - this part of La Piedra de Rivas is on a road less traveled, a dead-end road actually, the end intersecting the few micro mills serving farmers in the region. Finca Jose is a 16 hectare farm (tops out at 1950 meters) run by a man of the same name, who acquired this land from his grandfather some time ago. This past few years Jose has invested in building out a micro mill on his property, replete with wet and dry milling machinery, which allows them to have a more direct hand in the sale of their milled coffee, rather then sell whole cherry to one of the neighboring mills. This is now their fifth year of operation I believe, and Jose has managed to make many improvements to the original mill including new dry milling equipment and raised beds.
This year's coffee is a little less fruited than the ones from years prior, but restrained fruited flavors still offer contrast and add subtle complexity to the underlying bittersweet base flavors in the cup. Aromatically, Finca Jose has an attractive mix of demurara sugar (partially unrefined sugar) and mild baking spice, a faint almond smell too. City roasts present bracing black tea-like brightness in the brew that lends a mouth cleansing effect in the finish. Fruited tones are also very tea-like, apple tea with mild baking spice accents as it cools off some. Full City roasts have a sweetened cocoa flavor up front that veers toward dark cocoa, and a muted berry top note that makes for a delicious fruited-cocoa finish. Functions well as espresso, with berry bright acidity up front that quickly fades to bittersweet roast tones ala Dutch cocoa powder.