Tasting Notes: Dark chocolate, Navel Orange, Amaretto. Rich, sweet and complex with a great syrupy body.
Category:Latin American Single-Origin Espresso
Coffee Type: Arabica (Varieties: Catuai, Caturra)
Process: Washed, Eco-Pulped, Sun and Drum Dried
Micro Lot:Coopedota #0038
Net Wt: 12oz
Espressos are normally blended from several coffees to produce a characteristic flavor profile. In this case, we simply roasted our micro lot coffee from Santa Maria de Dota in the Tarrazú region of Costa Rica for espresso and it produced an exceptional espresso full of rich chocolate and orange goodness. The almond notes from the coffee produced an Amaretto flavor to top off the satisfying sweetness.
Community:Santa Maria de Dota
Farm/Coop: Cooperativa de Caficultores de Dota R.L. (Coopedota)
Harvest Season: December – March
Altitude: 1550-1950 M (5037-6337 ft)
Soil: Volcanic loam
To conserve water, Coopedota uses a process called eco-pulping to scrub the fruit from the coffee cherry. Once the parchment is cleaned, it is spread onto concrete patios where it is raked and turned frequently to promote even drying. Drying is completed in rotating drums called Guardiolas.
Cooperativa de Caficultores de Dota R.L. (Coopedota) was founded in 1960 by 96 growers and has since grown to 850 members. Coopedota is south of the country’s capital, San Jose, in the Tarrazú valley which is one of the premier coffee-growing regions in the world. Most member farms are small, averaging around 2 hectares (5 acres).
In 2011, Coopedota became the world’s first certified carbon-neutral coffee exporter. Coffee byproducts are used to fuel the mechanical drying guardiolas and water usage is reduced by using eco-pulpers at the wet mill. The cooperative manages trash pickup in their home city of Santa Maria de Dota, and converts the waste into renewable forms of energy. Coopedota strives for a sustainable economic impact in the community through the creation of jobs.
We visited Santa Maria de Dota in August, met the people at Coopedota, and did a blind cupping of their special micro lot coffees. Lot #0038 was our choice for this special offer. It is wonderful example of the special flavor profiles from Santa Maria which is central to one of the premier coffee growing regions in the world.
SINGLE-ORIGIN SPECIALTY COFFEES These are very high-quality specialty coffees with unique flavor profiles. They are sourced in small lots from individual farms or community cooperatives and micro mills that support a small group of family farms. These coffees have very unique flavor profiles associated with the specific coffee variety, origin, and processing methods. They are also known as “traceable”, meaning that the origin of each lot can be traced to specific growers, varieties, elevations, and locations. Each micro lot of green coffee is assessed, graded, and selected based on quality and tasting characteristics.