The cup is vividly bright, with strong honey-lemonade flavors, red berry, toasted nut, and praline. Medium intensity, citrus flavors with sweet-sour balance. At lighter C+ roasts it has the brightest citrus accents. City+ to Full City+
We bought this tiny lot of coffee from a farm called Genesis last year at the main harvest, and immediately vacuum-packed it to offer in the window of time that we run out of Centrals, and new crop Costa Rica is still a couple months away. Well, here we are, with our last lot of CR coffee from '08 that we performed special packaging on ... and this lot is cupping superbly! It should; after we bought this lot, they held the Costa Rica Cup of Excellence and this farm won it! #1! The coffee was a blend of Genesis farm, which is adjacent to Los Manantiales farm, which processes the coffee at their wet mill. (We will have separated lots from both these farms later in 2009). It's no wonder it did so well at CoE. The dry fragrance is intensely sweet, with malt syrup, praline, dark honey, and raisiny fruits. Adding the hot water, the wet aromatics have interesting savory qualities, with cooked berry and raisin fruits (think pie). The cup is vividly bright, with strong honey-lemonade flavors, red berry, toasted nut, and praline. It's quite sweet, but not in the typical wet-process Costa Rica way. This is, after all, a "honey coffee," a "miel" or pulp natural process. In that respect, the flavors are slightly more rustic, and the opaque body more pronounced, and a distinct "roundness" to the mouthfeel. It's a great lot, but oh so small, we are limiting it to 1 Lbs. only.