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Costa Rica Helsar Asdrubal Chavez

A sturdy cup, underlying honey note, brown sugar, balance of sweetness and bittering components, high % cacao bar and hints of dried fruit and coconut. Infinitely drinkable! City to Full City+. Good for espresso.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Caturra Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Llano Bonito, West Valley
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date July 2019 Arrival
Lot size 45
Bag size 46 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Caturra
Grade SHB EP
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City+
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

Asdrubal Chavez is a farmer in Llano Bonito de Naranjo, West Valley, Costa Rica. He has worked in tandem with the Helsar de Zarcero mill for a few years now to process his coffee, whom we have a long relationship with going back 10+ years now. Part of the reason we turn to Helsar for coffee, and the reason Asdrubal delivers his coffee fruit there are the same: They are excellent at processing coffee from fruit to dried parchment to ready-to-export green coffee beans. The other part of the equation is that Helsar owner Ricardo Perez and his daughter Mariana have access to some of the finest Costa Rican coffees we've tasted! Each year they refine their process under Ricardo and Mariana's guidance and they are constantly making improvements to the mill and their process. Recent updates include increasing the number of raised drying beds, more warehouse space to rest coffee (reposo) and constantly maintaining their milling equipment, updating when necessary.

The Asdrubal Chavez lot features an underlying honey note, turning toward brown sugar in the darker roasts. Wet aromatics have the same honey-toned sweetness that is perfumed and near floral, with a black currant/dried fruit accent. It's the cup that matters most, and that's where this Chavez' lot excels the most, showing a balance of sweetness and bittering components that we look for in a classic-toned Central American coffee flavor profile. There is toasted hazelnut flavor with a roasted malt finish, the middle filled out by sweetness of raw sugar and honey hints, and a nice dried apple accent note. Darker roasts feature an intensified cocoa component, flavors of high-percentage cacao bar and chocolate sponge cake, along with hints of dried fruit and coconut. All in all, this coffee from Asdrubal Chaves is sturdy, top notes restrained, and with that classic flavor profile that makes it infinitely drinkable. A chocolatey espresso option too.