Herbazu, owned by the Barranted family, was a pioneer with their micromill at the beginning of the 2000s. They were selling to Starbucks back then at good prices.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Costa Rica Flor de Cafe, from PERC Coffee in Savannah, Georgia. Feel free to pull up a chair.
region: Lourdes de Naranjo, West Valley, Costa Rica
farm: Flor de Cafe
producer: Don Carlos
elevation: 1500 meters above sea level
cultivars: Villa Sarchi
process: golden honey, patio dried
grind: slightly fine (19, Preciso)
pour: 1:30 (“Z” pattern, back and forth)
The aroma of the Costa Rice Flor de Cafe is pungently sweet and tart, as scents of grapes, green apple, and honey waft out of the cup.
The first sew sips of the cup immediately post-brew lazily ooze onto the palate with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. For a medium-bodied coffee, it packs quite a wallop—particularly in the flavor department; it sings as much as it bellows. The high notes are very high—sparkling and effervescent and juicy and crisp notes of Granny Smith apple, white grape, strawberry, and cherry—while the low notes are really heavy, dense, deep, and honeyed with massive notes (and texture) of molasses and raisin.
As it cools off, all of those individual flavors continue to come together, taking on a more candy apple or Laffy Taffy flavor. But a few new tastes introduce themselves at this point, particularly in the finish: macadamia, brown sugar, cinnamon, velvet, and a touch of cookie dough.
Medium body; syrupy mouthfeel; malic acidity; clean finish.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Once again, PERC Coffee teams up with Costa Rica and delivers one of the best coffees we’ve had here at the Table all year long.
Their Costa Rica Flor de Cafe is a fantastic coffee; one that is incredibly flavorful, incredibly well-balanced, and incredibly clean with a crystalline clarity.
I couldn’t get over how dynamic this coffee was, too. In all honesty, if I cupped this one blind, I would have thought it was an Ethiopian coffee .
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