Costa Rica Helsar Magdalena Vega

A balanced cup, nut-to-chocolate roast tastes, restrained sweetness of caramelized sugars, subtle top notes like green apple, hazelnut, and walnut. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Caturra Types, Hybrids
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region 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

This lot is from a rather small farm owned by Magdalena Vega. She delivers all the coffee fruit to the nearby Santa Lucia farm where it is processed at the Helsar de Zarcero micromill. The vast majority of her finca is planted in Caturra cultivar, though there is Catuai variety also mixed in. (In truth, farms are rarely planted exclusively in one variety of coffee). Magdalena inherited the farm from a larger plot shared between her seven brothers. It measures at less than 5 hectares and tops out near 1700 meters, producing about 10k lbs. a year of exportable green coffee. We have had a buying relationship with Helsar de Zarcero mill, and the owning partner/manager Ricardo Perez, for close to 10 years now. Each year we see quality refinements to their process, with new drying beds, warehouse space and dry mill equipment being added in the past season. And we see a consistent quality in that comes from their processing methods, a clean-tasting, classic Costa Rica character with both brightness and balance.

The fragrance of Magdalena Vega's coffee is a bit subdued coming out of the grinder with mild toffee sweetness and clean nut tones. Hot water expands the aromatic profile with a smell of cooked sugars, caramelizing sweetness, and with a combination of hazelnut and brown sugar in the steam. The brewed coffee is well balanced in terms of nut-to-chocolate roast tastes, and restrained sweetness of caramelized sugars. City+ roasts offer a green apple accent note that sort of cuts through the underlying unrefined sugar sweetness. As you move through the cup, a flavor of milk chocolate and sweet hazelnut emerges, echoing the smells up front, and a walnut note accent in the finish. There's an acidic impression like apple too, malic in character, adding a mild to moderate vibrance to the cup depending on roast level. Full City roasting brings out flavors of dark cocoa with a soft raisin accent, and fading to a bittersweet finish. This lot from Magdalena is a great drinking coffee, restrained and not too showy, with cleanliness we've come to expect from our Helsar coffees.