COSTA RICA SAN RAFAEL JAGUAR TARRAZU COFFEE
This coffee is sourced from smallholders in the micro-region of San Rafael between Santa Cruz to La Cuesta de Frailes in the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. The farms have been producing coffee there for 150 years. Beneficio Palmichal separates out the very best coffee and sells under the trademark 'San Rafael RZ' using the Catuai and Caturra coffee varietals. It is not unusual that nine out of ten finalists are produced there when the Cup of Excellence competitions are held in the country. Professional coffee cuppers argue that not only is San Rafael RZ the best coffee in Costa Rica but indeed the world. Cupping competition notes will describe the complexity of this outstanding coffee which include: deep aroma, vibrant, lemony acidity, pear, smooth finish, spice, honey, malt, chocolate, caramel, orange, milk chocolate truffle, creamy, black cherry, syrupy, brown sugar sweetness, marzipan. Tarrazu is sheltered between the Pacific coast and Costa Rica's central mountain range. The area itself is mountainous, humid with a lush green landscape and varied wildlife, including the elusive Costa Rican jaguar. Coffee as good as this is as rarely glimpsed as the beautiful beast that lends its name to our coffee. The farm's elevation at up to 6,000 feet is another reason for San Rafael's rare quality.