Costa Rica La Pira Tarrazu-Carlos Ureña Ceciliano Cup of Excellence 2009


Bean name Costa Rica La Pira Tarrazu-Carlos Ureña Ceciliano Cup of Excellence 2009
Country Costa Rica
Region Tarrazú
Other info Caturra


La Pira farm was first sown 50 years ago by Carlos Ureña's father, Gilberto, and was known locally as 'Piro'.

After inheriting the family farm Carlos worked for many years as a certified organic coffee producer but because of the very high costs has returned to working with sustainable production methods. La Píra uses a unique system for Costa Rica where sheep are grazed in the coffee farm to control weeds. This has eliminated the need for herbicides. Sheep do not eat coffee leaves like goats or other animals, but they still offer the benefit of fertilising the coffee trees as they walk and eat in the farm.

The farm is located in the Dota Valley where the changes in climate afford ideal temperatures for the production of an excellent quality coffee.

In the cup this one is like a toffee apple with a sweet caramel, but a biting green apple acidity hiding underneath. Crisp, clean, sweet and balanced.

Farm: La Pira
Farmer: Carlos Ureña Ceciliano
Rank: 11
City: Santa María de Dota
Region: Tarrazú
Country: Costa Rica
Farm Size: 7.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1650 masl
Variety: Caturra
Processing System: Convencional, sun dried, semi washed

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 90

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