93

Espresso Republic

Static Don Eli La Pastora Tarrazu Costa Rica

Location: Chino, California

Origin: Tarrazu growing region, Costa Rica

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 52/69

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply rich, bittersweet, herbaceous. Almond brittle, date, mace, honeysuckle, eucalyptus leaf in aroma and cup. Crisply bittersweet structure; satiny, full mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to gently drying notes of date and almond.

Notes:

Produced by Don Eli of the Caturra and Catuai varieties of Arabica. Processed by the white honey method. With all honey processing methods, some sweet pulp or fruit flesh (“honey”) is allowed to adhere to the beans during drying. In the white honey variation, an extremely thin layer of pulp is allowed to dry on the beans, less than with yellow honey, and much less than is the case with red or black honey. Espresso Republic, founded in 2010, specializes in sourcing quality coffees and roasting them in small batches for both retail and wholesale customers. Visit www.espressorepublic.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A honey-processed Costa Rica cup, enticing for its high-toned, vivacious herb notes enveloped in suggestions of rich florals and sweet nuts.