Coava Costa Rica Los Nacientes (Instant Coffee)
|Roaster Location:||Bend, Oregon|
|Coffee Origin:||Tarrazu growing region, Costa Rica|
|Est. Price:||$16.00/five 5-gram single-serve packets|
|Review Date:||September 2018|
|Acidity /Structure :||7|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated at proportions of 5 grams of instant coffee powder mixed with 8.5 ounces (250 ml) of hot water. Sweet, gently bright. Graham cracker, dark caramel, honey-roasted peanut, oak, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Gentle, round, slightly bitter-salty in structure; plump in mouthfeel. Flavor fades in a quite dry and wood-toned finish.
Notes: This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of “instant” or soluble coffees for Coffee Review’s September 2018 tasting report. The green coffee was produced by Juan Carlos Saborio Mesen from trees of the Caturra and Catuai varieties of Arabica and processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). This coffee was sourced and roasted by Coava Coffee in Portland, Oregon and solubilized and packaged as an instant by Voilá Coffee in Bend, Oregon. Coava is a Portland-based coffee roaster, now with a San Diego location as well, that aims to provide quality coffee and education regarding the preparation of good coffee. Visit www.coavacoffee.com or call 503-894-8134 for more information. Voilá Coffee was founded by Kent Sheridan in January, 2016 out of a desire to make specialty coffee approachable, while combining his love for exploring new coffees and roasters. Visit www.voila.coffee for more information.
The Bottom Line : A creditable effort to deliver the clean, classic character of a high-grown Costa Rica in instant format.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2018 tasting report: The New (and Old) Instant Coffees: Convenience Aspires to Quality