Costa Rica Don Mayo Finca Bella Vista 2011

Summary

Bean name Costa Rica Don Mayo Finca Bella Vista 2011
Country Costa Rica
Region Tarrazú
Other info Varietal: Caturra

Description

So this has a big long name – let me explain. Don Mayo is the micro mill name; this is where the coffee is milled and processed. The Finca Bella Vista is the farm name. It's very close to the mill and is owned by Hector Bonilla and his family.

Finca Bella Vista is located at an altitude of 1,900 metres in the Tarrazú region. This coffee is one of our direct trade offerings and came from my Costa Rica visit in February 2011. It's also a coffee with a pedigree, winning the 2009 Cup of Excellence competition, and is one of the most highly regarded coffees in the Tarrazu region. There was a time when coffees from the Tarrazú region would fetch a high price on just the name alone. A super interesting coffee, but the quality over the past ten years or so has seen the coffee plummet, whilst other regions (I'm thinking Naranjo and Central as ones that stand out) have raised their game. This particular coffee from Tarrazú is a small minority that seems to be bucking the general trend and working hard to make the coffee as good as it can be. This coffee gives me huge hope for the future of Tarrazú.

The farm was an amazing example of how a professional farm and mill should be. Everything at the mill is impeccably clean, tidy and organised to the point of obsession. I think when it comes to running a good farm and mill it's okay to be obsessive about what you're doing. Little things like hats for the staff working in the mill, labels on the lots that are clear and readable; all very small and tiny things, but things that make the difference in quality.

To find this coffee I cupped around 250 blind samples in three days from a whole heap of farms. Some just different days' pickings, some different varietals and processes, but all from about 150 farms. From these 250 samples and 150 farms we selected just 5 coffees. This one was lot 12 from the farm, the pickings from the 4th of January 2011. That's the level of detail we were able to get down to.

In the cup expect an amazing honey sweetness; not just in taste, but in its amazing mouth-feel. In that honey loveliness there are tinned peaches and dried apricots, which is super elegant and has a lovely smooth, long, finish. I'm very excited to have this coffee on our direct trade relationships and I hope that it's a coffee we all love over the coming years.


Farm: Finca Bella Vista
Micro Mill:Don Mayo
Farmer: Hector Bonilla
City: Llano Bonito de León Cortes
Region: Tarrazú
Altitude: 1900 masl
Variety: Caturra
Processing System: washed and sun dried


Roasting Information:
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Honey sweetness, tinned peaches, dried apricots, elegant, lovely smooth
long finish.

Good Filer: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 8/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 94

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