Espresso Review - Costa Rica Lomas Al Rio Espresso by Temple Coffee
Roast: Medium Review Date: May 2013
Origin: West Valley growing region, Costa Rica. Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Both Ken (91) and his co-taster (90) admired a gently bright, citrus-and-berry character in the small cup; Ken found distinct floral suggestions as well. A dark chocolate note emerged clearly and perhaps surprisingly in the finish. Citrus, chocolate and (for Ken) flowers all carried with grace into three parts milk.

Notes: A “honey” coffee, meaning the skin was removed from the coffee fruit immediately after picking but the beans or seeds were dried with at least some of the fruit pulp or “honey” still adhering to them. This practice contrasts to the more conventional wet or washed method, wherein both skin and pulp are removed from the beans before drying. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy citrusy but balanced straight shots, with a rounding complexity. Maintains character nicely in cappuccino-volumes of milk.


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