Costa Rica: La Pastora
Pineapple. Citrus. Swiss chocolate.
This is a standout regional lot from the CoopeTarrazu cooperative. La Pastora is the first lot I have brought in from Costa Rica. Though, not for lack of trying. Costa Rica is a very well known origin, thanks to their booming coffee tourism program and their overall high quality. That said, the small-farm lots that I normally buy from neighboring countries were out of my price range in Costa Rica. So I have been searching for a more affordable regional lot that I could offer. After three years of searching, I finally found one worth purchasing. This large lot is produced by 8 villages within the Los Santos region. It is bursting with tropical fruit flavors and has an accented, yet not overpowering citrus acidity. The aroma is brown sugar and pineapple. I chose a medium-light roast to highlight this lot's balance and sweetness.
Region: Los Santos, Tarrazu, Costa Rica
Variety: Caturra, Catuai
Elevation: 4000-5900 ft
Process: Washed, sun dried
Cup Characteristics: Tropical fruit, floral, swiss chocolate, brown sugar, very sweet