Costa Rica Helsar Magdalena Vega
Archetypal "Costa Rica" cup; balanced, restrained, clean finish. Raw sugar sweetness, highlighted by notes of apple and mulling spice. Great brewed cup. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
Processing: Wet Processed (Washed)
Varietal: Catuai, Caturra
This lot is from a rather small farm owned by Magdalena Vega. She delivers all the coffee fruit to the nearby Santa Lucia farm where it is processed at the Helsar de Zarcero micromill. The vast majority of her finca is planted in Caturra cultivar, though there is Catuai variety also mixed in. (In truth, farms are rarely planted exclusively in one variety of coffee). Magdalena inherited the farm from a larger plot shared between her seven brothers. It measures at less than 5 hectares and tops out near 1700 meters, producing about 10k lbs. a year of exportable green coffee. We have had a buying relationship with Helsar de Zarcero mill, and the owning partner/manager Ricardo Perez, for close to 10 years now. Each year we see quality refinements to their process, with new drying beds, warehouse space and dry mill equipment being added in the past season. And we see a consistent quality in that comes from their processing methods, a clean-tasting, classic Costa Rica character with both brightness and balance.
Description from Coffee Shrub.
Great Central American flavor!
It's hard to pin down the characteristics of Central American coffees that distinguish it from other regions, but I have really enjoyed it every time a bag shows up with my monthly roaster's choice subscription. The body of this coffee is sweet without any bitterness, and it almost has a creamy smoothness to it, not that it has or needs any cream to mellow the flavor. Very tasty!