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Costa Rica Tarrazu - La Pastora

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Costa Rica Tarrazu - La Pastora

Fully Washed, Strictly Hard Bean

Swiss Chocolate, Caramel, Brown Sugar

This wonderful Costa Rican Tarrazu coffee is incredibly balanced with regard to the overall body of the coffee to the brightness and acidity.
Coffees from the Tarrazu region are particularly well known for their quality, clean profile, creamy body, and mild citrus tones.
La Pastora is a coffee developed by CoopeTarrazu and is the co-op's leading trademark coffee due to it's exceptional quality.

The coffee is grown at an altitude of over 4,500 ft., so it qualifies as a Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) grade Costa Rican Arabica. See below for more about SHB coffee.

General Flavor Observations
Costa Rica Tarrazu - La Pastora

The body is medium with round notes of Swiss Chocolate and caramel.
Mild notes of orange are present in lighter roasts; dark chocolate in darker roasts.
The mouth feel is creamy, smooth, and rolling with a clean, sweet finish.
The aroma is enticing with floral notes and honey.

I was impressed with the depth of the coffee as well, deeper than you might expect from a Costa Rica coffee.
I believe the milder fruit tones, and greater body are due to a combination of quality control, growing altitude and being fully washed.

Regardless, this is an astounding coffee that should not be missed!

Roast Level Profile Notes
Costa Rica Tarrazu - La Pastora

I personally prefer a Full City roast for the best balance between all attributes.
However, I can wholeheartedly recommend Full City (+) roast as well.

We are always happy to accommodate any roast level you prefer.
The notes below illustrate how changing the roast level will alter the profile:

City Roast (light roast)

This is the best choice for experiencing pure Origin Characteristics. At a City roast, you will experience brighter acidity, notable orange tones, mild chocolate and hints of malt. The finish is clean and sweet.

Full City Roast (medium roast) - Preferred

This is my preferred roast level and will provide a very nice medium body with distinct notes of Swiss Chocolate, caramel, and a brown sugar sweetness. The mouth feel is round and creamy with a perfect overall balance. The brightness of the cup is milder than you would expect with subtle hints of orange.

Full City (+) Roast

A silky-smooth mouth-feel with an increased sense of depth. The acidity is more tempered, and the chocolate tones become slightly edgier (like Baker's chocolate). The brown sugar sweetness and caramel remain, and the finish is clean, yet a bit more pointed.

Vienna Roast

This roast level will transform the coffee into fuller bodied coffee with clear notes of bittersweet dark chocolate. Almost no acidity or fruit notes will remain.
This would be an excellent choice for an after dinner coffee with dessert or following a rich meal.

French Roast

Not recommended.

Additional Information
Costa Rica Tarrazu - La Pastora

Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) coffees are particularly sought after because these extreme elevations cause a slower development of the coffee while nutrient concentrations in the soil impart a much higher quality in terms of flavor.
These higher elevations also mean the crop yield is lower, and it is more labor-intensive to grow, harvest, and transport the coffee. However, the prices garnered for these SHB coffees is due to the coffee's outstanding quality, and not it's production.

CoopeTarrazu was established in 1970 and has grown to become one of the most important contributors to the economic development of the Los Santos region of Tarrazu.
The co-op employs approximately 10,000 people either directly in coffee production or in supporting roles.
These employees allow CoopeTarrazu to control the entire production process for their coffee from harvest through sorting and milling and eventual exporting.

This level of control allows for constant evaluation, which leads to consistent quality year after year.

  • Origin: Costa Rica
  • Region: Los Santos, Tarrazu
  • Elevation: 4,002 - 5,905 feet
  • Process: Fully Washed
  • Drying: Mechanical
  • Arabica Variety: Caturra,Catuai

5 Stars
Great Coffee
The Costa Rica Tarrazu is a great coffee.

I really enjoy your products. There is no comparison to other brands, especially when I drink the first gulp in the morning.

Thanks Joe!
Reviewed by:  from SD.

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