Rounded sweetness in the cup, with nuanced finishing flavors that come to a point. Look for butter toffee, caramelizing dark sugars, an almond accent note, and acidity that cuts through like lemongrass herbal tea. City+ to Full City.
|Drying Method||Raised Bed, Covered|
|Arrival date||September 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||46 KG|
|Appearance||.2 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ is a great level to maximize complexity, but this coffee shows well from City to Full City+|
This microlot was produced by Roger Solis, at the highest part of his farm, "San Francisco", the peak reaching just above 1900 meters. This particular lot is mechanically washed at Roger's micro-mill La Casona, which is surrounded by several different coffee plots like this one. They produce honey processed coffees too, 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 of San Francisco 1900 has buttery dark sugar in the cup, with nuanced finishing flavors that come to a point. Nut tones are limited in the dry fragrance, where I get a scent of honey glazed almond, along with a dusting of molasses sugars. The wet grounds offer more of a cane juice smell, with a touch of black currant, an all around clean smelling aroma. City+ brews of San Francisco 1900 present rounded sweetness in the cup, with a tasty almond accent, and acidity that shines through like lemongrass herbal tea. Allusions to molasses sugars construct a sweet base flavor and are convincing - like butter toffee, and caramel - fading to an ever so slightly bittering cocoa 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.