Costa Rica Green Beans-Tarrazú La Capilla SHG
Costa Rica has been growing coffee since the early 19th century. They have a long-standing reputation for good quality coffee. They now have many micro mills which means that there is more variety to choose from and different coffees aren't mixed in together. This makes their coffee unique and it's now easier than ever to taste several different coffees from a particular area side by side and begin to see that geography affects the taste.*
The climate of Tarrazú is split into the rainy (May to November) and dry (December to April) seasons. Harvest time is a five-month period from November to March that coincides nicely with the dry season. The region, made up of a number of small farms, each with an average size of 2.5 hectares (6.1775 acres), presents an ideal location for growing Arabica coffee beans: a sedimentary soil composition and altitudes from 1,200 to 1,900 meters. It is estimated that nearly 95% of beans grown in the Tarrazú region fall under the SHB category.
“La Capilla” is a blend specially prepared by our Costa Rican office, Cafinter S.A. The operation was established in 1989 originally as an export business that has since developed an integrated milling-export operation.
It manages three mills in the country and each mill is located near the farms from which it sources. Cafinter directs the production process and keeps a close eye on quality. The components of this blend are selected exclusively from the pristine southwestern region of the Tarrazú Valley. Protected by the Pacific Basin range, the region offers sanctuary to rare birds, lush forests and top quality coffee.
The coffee here is critical to the socio-economic success of the area. Regional blends such as “La Capilla” offer consistency from year to year. “La Capilla” is known for its layered fruit notes including light lemon and plum, as well as its round base of cocoa and caramel. The delicate acidity of this cup creates a perfect balance.
The soils of Terrazú have just the right amount of tropical acidity which produces a coffee of extremely unique quality. Coffees from this area have a stellar reputation and are considered a high-quality grade.
COSTA RICA TARRAZU LA CAPILLA SHG
COUNTRY: Costa Rica
PRODUCER: Tarrazú smallholders
REGION: Tarrazú, San José
ALTITUDE: 1200 to 1920 masl
VARIETAL: Caturra, Catuai
DRYING METHOD: Sun-dried
GRADE: SHB EP
CUPPING NOTES: Dark chocolate, nutty, biscuit, mild acidity
**Please Note: Cupping notes are subjective and vary according to how the beans were roasted, taster's opinion etc.