Tasting Notes: "Toffee and almond flavors with mild floral and chocolate; sweet with tart citric acidity."
If you're in search of a well rounded more traditional cup of coffee, then this is the coffee for you.
Country: Costa Rica Region: Leon Cortes, Tarrazu Farm: La Trinidad Community Variety: Caturra, Catuai Altitude: 1600–1750 MASL (Meters Above Sea Level) Processing: Fully Washed
Background story on these beans:
Costa Rican coffee beans are considered among the best in the world. The Tarrazu Province, where this coffee is from, has the reputation for producing the most desirable coffee beans in all of Costa Rica.
The Community Coffee program with CoopeTarrazu has made a real impact on the communities that deliver their cherry to this mill. This program separates out lots from specific communities that score over 86 points and pays a quality premium. The individual communities receive and decide as a group how the money will be used to improve their coffee production and livelihood. The proceeds have been used to build roads, build water tanks to store fresh water for the community, roofs for schools, and many other improvements.
While some of the best individual producers in Costa Rica have built their own micromills to separate their coffee and capture the higher market for microlots, many smallholder producers of high caliber do not have their own facilities, and still deliver cherry to cooperatives. This is where CoopeTarrazu comes in.
Microlots in cooperatives can be controversial, but CoopeTarrazu has made a commitment to improve the lives of its members and offer them the opportunity of gaining higher quality premiums for their best coffees. This is why CoopeTarrazu developed the Community Coffees project, in which cherry is collected from high-altitude communities at the peak of the harvest, and has traceability to the community or microregion, as opposed to a generic SHB Tarrazu. The results of this program have been phenomenal. We are very proud to buy coffee originating from CoopeTarrazu and support these hardworking producers.