Costa Rica Helsar Miguel Rojas

Base of molasses sugars, apple and raisin hints, fruit juice brightness, and tangy black tea finish. Deeper roasts are dominated by bittersweet chocolate roast tones. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.

$6.50
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  • Process Method Machine Washed
  • Cultivar Caturra Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region West Valley
Processing Mechanically Washed
Drying Method Patio Sun-dried
Arrival date September 2018 Arrival
Lot size 53
Bag size 46 KG
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Caturra
Grade SHB
Appearance .4 d/300gr; 15-17 screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+
Type Farm Gate

p>This is a separated lot from Miguel Rojas, whose coffee was bought and processed at the Helsar de Zarcero micromill in Costa Rica's West Valley region. It stood out on a table of coffees cupped while in Costa Rica as having the balance we look for from a clean example for the region. This coffee deserves it's own spotlight, and the Helsar mill was one of the first in the region to break up lots by individual producer instead of bulking coffees together by region. The coffee quality is due in part to the excellent processing methods at this mill and the manager, Ricardo Perez. Each year they make improvements, recently adding new dry milling equipment and warehouse space for improved storage of coffee in the resting phase (reposo). Helsar uses forced demucilage equipment to machine-wash their coffee, an efficient method with low environmental impact that has similar outcomes to traditional wet-fermentation processing. As for the farm, the vast majority of Miguel's farm is planted in Caturra cultivar, and altitude is 1700+ meters above sea level.

The dry fragrance of Miguel Rojas shows a fair amount of dark, raw sugars accenting the ground coffee. A toasted almond note is released from breaking through the wet crust, and the sugary sweet smells have a richness that comes with adding hot water to the dry grounds. The cup at City+ roast has molasses-type sugary base flavors, and subtle apple top note rises to the surface as the cup cools. The acidity is also a lot like apple juice, and a tangy black tea note accents the finish. Fruited tones are muted all around, but more apparent in the City+/Full City roast range where dried apple and raisin are noted. At Full City the cup profile is somewhat overshadowed by bittersweet chocolate roast tones, and body is boosted too. As espresso, expect a healthy dose of dark cocoa, with a wonderfully tart citrus aspect that hits you up front, and then quickly disappears.