Country: Costa Rica
Varietal: Caturra and Catuai (red and yellow)
Farmer: 20 small producers
Altitude: 1600-1700 M
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping Notes:Maple Syrup, Mild Fruit, Panela, Vanilla Bean
Recommended Roast: City+ to Full City+
Good For: Blends, Espresso, Auto-Drip, Full Immersion
Description: A group of 20 small producers with pristine farms in the small and charming Community of Santa Cruz have been selected to create the best representation of this special nano-region in Tarrazu. In order to ensure picking only the ripest cherries we choose the best days of harvest on each farm and also pay a premium for better selection. We believe this approach is allowing more complexity in the cup while rewarding the farmers that are committed to producing high quality. The cherries that are picked each day are taken to Palmichal Mill, where the coffee is carefully processed.
The community project was started during the 2014-2015 harvest, and looks forward to continue strengthening the relationships between high quality committed producers and high quality focused buyers. The objective is to maintain the well-known essence of a good fully washed Costa Rican Coffee while keeping full traceability to the producing families involved.
Cherries processed in this lot are hand-picked with floater separation before being pulped and washed mechanically. The entire process uses very little water and Centriflux machines remove surface water before drying in drums that don’t exceed 37.5ºC. Once it’s dried to 11% humidity it will rest for 2 Months before being hauled out of the parchment and passes through weight, screen, density and color sorting.