About our coffee: Costa Rica Santa Elena Estate
As I stated in the previous post, we are taking our coffees up a notch here. How, you may ask? Simple. It’s the new buzzword in the industry, and a trend that I believe is a wonderful thing for the entire coffee world.
As I update our coffee selections, I will be offering bios on all the coffees I carry. You will know everything I know about your coffee, and we all can further appreciate all it takes to get you your cuppa.
Let’s start with one of our most popular single origin coffees:
Costa Rica Tarrazú Santa Elena Estate
The Santa Elena is a shade-grown coffee which is hand-picked, de-pulped, and sorted right on the estate. It is grown at an altitude of 1250-1650 meters (4100-5413 feet) above sea level. The best part? This estate is owned by Luz Marina Trujillo.
While pesticides may be used on her estate, Luz Marina fully believes in sustainability. The pesticides are used only in extreme circumstances, the discarded coffee cherry is used as fertilizer on the coffee trees, and her water treatment system (coffee processing uses an extreme amount of water) meets Costa Rica’s environmental standards. Seasonal employees on the Santa Elena Estate are given housing and health care plus a water filtration system for their drinking water.
Tasting notes: We roast this coffee to a medium roast level, just before second crack in the roast process. You’ll notice a crisp, brisk citrus acidity to this cup plus a smooth, buttery aftertaste.
- Production quantity: 35 containers (approx 10,000 pounds)
- Coffee tree type: Caturra
- Processing method: Washed or miel (semi-washed)
- Drying method: Sun-dried, mechanical
- Harvest Periods: November through March
I invite you to come in and try a sample of the Costa Rica Tarrazú Santa Elena Estate today. Come taste the fruits of Luz Marina Trujillo’s labors!
Pictures from Atlas Coffee Importers’ “Meet The Producers” pamphlet for this coffee.