Costa Rica Sonora Estate by Temple Coffee Review |
Roast: Medium Review Date: September 2013
Origin: Central Valley, Costa Rica. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Delicately lush, sweetly brisk. Peach, night-blooming flowers, blood orange, nut-toned chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich, ripe-citrusy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. A slight savory hint deepens cup and finish.

Notes: This is 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. Bourbon is among the oldest and most respected of traditional heirloom varieties of Arabica, and one of seven varieties processed separately at the Hacienda Sonora farm. Temple Coffee has purchased the entirety of the Hacienda Sonora Bourbon crop for this year. Temple 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: Discreet adventurers. Classically balanced structure, quietly exotic aromatics.


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