Costa Rica Micro Lot Series - San Cristobal Natural
This coffee comes direct from the farm to Oceana Coffee, after our Costa Rica buying trip back in early 2018. We were highly impressed with how this coffee cupped and the results so far have shown it's not just us that think it's an amazing coffee.
During its first public outing it scored 2 x Silver medals at the 2018 Golden Bean North America.
Coffee Review.com says:
Costa Rica Microlot Series San Cristobal Natural
Location: Tequesta, Florida
Origin: Llano Bonito, Naranjo, Costa Rica
Review Date: October 2018
Richly sweet, fruit-toned. Strawberry, dark chocolate, sandalwood, freesia-like flowers, a hint of aged grappa in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet structure with brisk acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The resonant finish leads with notes of strawberry and flowers in the short, rounding to dark chocolate and sandalwood in the long, with a hint of appealing sweet ferment throughout.
Produced by Danilo Salazar Arias of Finca San Cristobal de Llano from trees of the Caturra, Catuai and Villa Sarchi varieties of Arabica. This is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the soft fruit residue has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Established in 2009 by Amy and Scott Angelo, Oceana brews specialty coffees that have been roasted in small batches at its roasting house and café in Tequesta, Florida. Oceana reports that its staff is obsessed with every detail of the process, from sourcing the beans to how the coffee is poured, aimed at ensuring that every cup is as rich and resonant as it should be. Visit www.oceanacoffee.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: A fruit-forward Costa Rica cup with a throughline of fresh strawberry and dark chocolate and a whisper of grappa-like sweet ferment.
Finca San Cristobal de Llano is owned by Danilo Salazar Arias, and is located on 17 hectares of land in Llano Bonito, Naranjo. Danilo has been producing coffee for over fifty years, and grows not only coffee, but also bananas, plantains, and peaches on his farm. He is a member of Cafe de Altura de San Ramon, an organization founded in 2004 to process coffee throughout Costa Rica. This particular lot comes to Oceana Coffee from the association’s micro lot program, which sources coffee from West Valley, Central Valley, Tres Rios, and Tarrazu and trucks them to a central milling facility in San Ramon for processing. The association works hard to provide its more than 500 producers with the knowledge and resources they need to sell their coffee for the premiums it deserves.
Producer: Danilo Salazar Arias
Mill: Cafe de Altura de San Ramon
Location: Llano Bonito, Naranjo
Altitude: 1,700 masl
Varieties: Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi
Drying: Raised beds