Rounded cup, molasses and cane sugar, baking cocoa, vanilla accent and acidity like black tea with a lemon hint. Full City builds a more chocolate-toned cup. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||San Marcos, Tarrazu|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||July 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||46 KG|
|Appearance||.2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This coffee was produced at La Casona wet mill, a micro mill operated by the Solis family. It's from the family farm, the highest part actually, called "San Francisco 1900", a peak reaching just above 1900 meters. This particular lot is mechanically washed at their wet mill, a process which closely replicates traditional fermentation by stripping away most of the fruit using a special depulping machine, that uses very little water I might add. The parchment-covered seed is then soaked overnight in clean water before being laid to dry on the patios or raised beds. It's not quite the same as fermentation and the minuscule amount of fruit left intact can lead to a more rounded cup, less pronounced acidity and even fruited flavors. But when done well, process is practically transparent and yields a crisp, clean coffee, which this lot is a testament to! 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 of San Francisco ("SF") 1900 has dark sweetness in the cup, moderate acidity and nuanced finishing flavors that come to a point. Nut tones are limited in the dry fragrance to a scent of sugar-glazed almond, along with more prominent raw sugar sweeteners like molasses and turbinado. The wet grounds offer cane juice sweetness that are shadowed by a smell of bittering baker's cocao. City+ brews of San Francisco 1900 yield a rounded cup with balanced sweet and bittering flavors, a tasty vanilla accent and finishing flavors of black tea with a hint of lemon. Allusions to molasses sugars add to the sweet base flavors and fades to an ever so slightly bittering cacao note in the finish. Bittersweet roast tones are easily developed, and Full City roasting shows a nice balance of dark chocolate/cacao and caramelizing sugar flavors.