A modest brewed coffee, sweetness ranging from light brown sugar to caramelizing smokey sweetness when roasted dark. Butter toffee, caramel, roasted almond, and bittering cocoa. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||San Marcos, Tarrazu|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||September 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||46 KG|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This microlot was produced by Roger Solis' micro-mill La Casona. They produce honey processed coffees, but this is what is considered to be "fully washed" by Costa Rican standards. That is, even though no fermentation is used to remove the fruit, they set the demucilager to remove the most fruit possible without scoring the seed. The resulting cup is a close approximation to "fully washed", fermented coffee, and the cup is clean, and acidity sparkles. The city of San Marcos is in the Talamanca Sierra highlands, with peaks reaching as high as 3000 meters. It's an ideal micro-region and climate for growing coffee with rich volcanic soil, great altitude, and is shaded from the hot afternoon suns by mountain peaks.
This lot from Roger Solis has dark sugar sweetness in the cup, and is peppered with baking spices too when roasted north of Full City. The dry fragrance has a smell of honey glazed nut, and wet aroma sees a spot of dried fruits behind the unrefined sweetness. This lot from La Casona is a modest brewed coffee, the sweetness running a range of light brown sugar to more caramelizing smokey sweetness when roasted to Full City and beyond. Sugar browning base flavors are convincing, like butter toffee, and caramel, and fade to roasted almond, and ever so slightly bittering cocoa flavors in the finish. A black tea note adds an acidic touch to the coffee and has a bracing quality. Full City roasts are where dense, bittersweet chocolate roast tones dominate and body has a buttery tactile feel. Medium and Dark roasts work well for chocolate toned espresso shots, with mouthfeel on the oily side, and a walnut note too.