Costa Rica La Pastora
We Taste strawberries, pastry cream, wafer
Varietal Caturra, Catuai, Typica
Process African Washed
Elevation 1700 - 2000 M
This is a limited release coffee, which means the number of times we roast this coffee each week is also limited. Orders may be delayed 1-2 days to ensure freshness, waiting for the next roast.
HANDS DOWN OUR FAVORITE OFFERING WE'VE HAD THIS YEAR
Located in Santa Maria de Dota, Finca La Pastora is owned by Minor Esquival Picado, and has been in the same family for over 60 years. In 2011, Minor built his own wet mill on the farm, and named it Micro Beneficio La Pastora. This is definitely not the norm in Costa Rica, and this has allowed Minor and his family to really experiment with different processes, and create some beautifully unique coffees!
This particular coffee is African Washed, which is processed in a style more typical of Kenya where the cherry undergoes an initial fermentation before being depulped, fermented again, and then sundried on raised beds. One of the keys to Minor’s fantastic coffee is that he only picks his coffee cherries when they are the color of Sangre de Toro (bull’s blood). The ripe cherries are almost a purple color and are at their absolute syrupy sweetest.
We were lucky enough to visit Finca La Pastora in February, and see Minor's farm and wet mill first hand. After visiting some larger scale processing facilities on our trip, coming to Finca La Pastora and seeing all of these different processes happening in an area smaller than the size of our roastery was incredible. For someone that had only read about how coffee is processed, seeing it in person, and brought down to a level where you can actually see every step happening in front of you was eyeopening. Minor works on the farm with his wife, brother, daughter, and son-in-law, and you could tell that he takes an immense amount of pride in his coffee from the contagious smile he had on his face the entire time we were there.
We may be biased by the background we have with this particular coffee, but it's hands down our favorite offering we've had this year. The fruit notes remind us of a great natural, but with more body, and an incredibly unique sweetness that is complex, and not overpowering. When we cupped this coffee, our team tasted strawberries, pastry cream sweetness, and wafer.