||Costa Rica La Pira Tarrazu-Carlos Ureña Ceciliano Cup of Excellence 2012
La Pira is located in the high altitude Dota Valley of the Tarrazu region, an area that was known for producing great coffees. However, the area lived on its name a bit much, and quality dropped. So much so that Naranjo - for me at least - really took over as the leader for special Costa Rican coffees. Well, the wounded king may be on its way back?
This relatively young estate is only 50 years old, and is owned by the founder’s son, Carlos Urena Ceciliano.
After inheriting the family farm, Carlos worked for many years as a certified organic coffee producer, but he realised doing so was just not possible on this farm. Organic coffee is good, but not possible for everyone. The yield was very very affected, so Carlos looked for alternatives.
So now 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, but act as mobile "fertilisations units", which I love.
We have chased this coffee ever since we got it three years ago in the Cup of Excellence program. Due to its low yield, it's been tough to get our hands on it. But I pestered the exporter we partner with in Costa Rica so much in every Skype call and email, the coffee's now here. It's here in the tiniest lot, but I think you will love it.
In the cup this one is like bouquet of flowers, clean and floral with a coffee blossom edge to it too. There's the smallest hint of toffee and sweet caramel, with a biting green apple acidity hiding underneath. Crisp, clean, sweet, and balanced.
Farm: La Pira
Farmer: Carlos Ureña Ceciliano
City: Santa María de Dota
Country: Costa Rica
Farm Size: 7.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1650 masl
Processing System: Conventional, sun dried, semi washed
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Floral, clean, sweet, toffee, caramel, green apple.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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