Coffee Review - Costa Rican Calle de Copey by Fratello Coffee
  • Fratello Coffee Roasters

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Costa Rican Calle de Copey

Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2010
Origin: Tarrazu growing region, central Costa Rica Price: CAD $13.60/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Deep, balanced, with a round, low-acid fruit that struck co-cupper Wendy De Jong (89) as cherry in the nose and melon and ripe pineapple in the cup, while Ken (89) read a fruit-toned chocolate in both. Wendy joined him in the chocolate camp (“milk chocolate”) for the finish. Both found the acidity quiet, the mouthfeel plush.

Notes: Produced from beans of the Caturra variety on the Calle de Copey farm and a prize winner in the 2009 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence ( competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed third out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 89.12 from an international jury. Calgary-based Fratello is a second-generation boutique coffee roaster owned by three brothers who focus on responsible trade relationships with coffee growers. Visit or call 800-944-2545 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: This fine coffee may have faded a bit since its harvest in 2009, but coffee drinkers who enjoy a roundly balanced, lush-bodied, fruit-and-chocolate-toned cup may find reason to celebrate rather than complain.


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