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region: Sabanilla de Alajuela, Costa Rica
farm: Finca San Luis
producer: Oscar Chacon
elevation: 1300 – 1500 meters above sea level
cultivars: Caturra, Catuai
process: red honey
The aroma of this Costa Rica Las Lajas is exactly what I was hoping it would be, based on previous experiences with this coffee; it is intensely bright, sweet, and fruit-forward, accentuated by scents of red fruits, honey, chocolate, and a bouquet of floral aromatics.
The first few sips of the cup are immediately bright and vibrant, a little tart even, as the coffee comes lazily rolling over the tongue with a jelly-like mouthfeel, being characterized by strawberry preserves and Gala apple and supported by a backbone of caramel, milk chocolate, nougat, and marzipan. As it cools off, its red fruit flavors intensify, becoming much more pronounced, prominent, and juicy as they gush all over the palate, totally drowning my taste buds in flavors of sweet strawberry, Rainier cherry, and spiced apple cider. What’s really grabbing my attention, though, is the coffee’s finish; after all of that red fruit juice rolls off the tongue, my palate is left with a spicy lingering finish that is surprisingly (shockingly) reminiscent of an Oktoberfest beer: roasted malt, spices (cinnamon, clove, coriander), fruit, and caramel.
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