Tropical sweet pineapple and caramel
The highest grown coffee from Costa Rica typically comes from Tarrazu, near Volcan Poas, in the Southern Pacific region. The terrain is steep, the soil is richly volcanic and the air is often humid. These conditions combine to produce high quality coffee. In the center of the tiny 'downtown' is Coopetarrazu, the centralized cooperative where much of the community harvested coffee is brought for processing, the majority of which is traditionally washed fermentation. Coopetarrazu has about 2,500 member area farmers, some large, some exceedingly small. We remember on visits there, at the peak of the harvest, seeing local producers backing up their pickup trucks to sell the coffee cherry they grew. Occasionally, the farm and production is so small that it is carried by motorcycle, bicycle or by hand.
La Pastora is a neighborhood, really a small community overlooking San Marcos, where some of the top Tarrazu is grown. The vast majority, if not all of the coffee is picked by hand from the coffee trees growing on the steep hillsides. The coffee for this La Pastora area, once delivered to Coopetarrazu, is separated from other cherry, processed and bagged separately. It is one of the more sought after SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) coffees. The SHB designation signifies coffee is grown over 4,500 feet or roughly 1,350 meters. Much of it is grown at considerably higher elevation.
Coopetarrazu assists in getting its members technical assistance, low cost loans, low prices for fertilizers, and high prices for coffee. The most important aspect of the Coop is the economic benefit of the region and the members.
Region: La Pastora Estate, San Marcos de Tarrazu, Tarrazu Canton
Harvest: Nov – Jan
Altitude: 1,350 - 1,600 meters
Process: Fully washed
Costa Rica La Pastora Tarrazu
A mild, sweet and well balanced cup with tropical juicy pineapple and caramel twist.
Please note that these flavor notes come from the coffee as it is naturally grown and is not from any additives.
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