Crème Brûlée | Pecan | Pomegranate
Altitude | 1500 - 1900 MASL
Process | Washed
Variety | Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi, Sarchimor
San Antonio is a smallholder lot from the well-regarded CoopeTarrazu cooperative, which was founded in 1960. This lot consists of the cherries delivered by numerous smallholders to a collection centre near the small town of San Antonio, in the León Cortés region of Tarrazu. These smallholders produce high quality coffee, but do not have access to the equipment to process the coffee themselves, so bring it in to the cooperative for processing.
The Community Coffee program with CoopeTarrazu allow separation of lots from specific communities within the area of León Cortés, encouraging the cooperative to increase its attention to traceability and increasing the opportunities that small producers will have to achieve recognition for their coffees. There is a premium paid for the extra work and attention that goes into these coffees, and that premium supports the entire cooperative, as an incentive to continue these types of labor-intensive but worthwhile programs and projects.
Once the cherry reaches CoopeTarrazu, it is sorted and graded, then pulped, dry fermented, and dried in mechanical driers. This makes for a nutty, sweet, and easy-drinking coffee - a classic Costa Rican espresso.
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