Big Shoulders Coffee

Costa Rica Dota El Vapor

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Santa Maria de Dota Valley, Tarrazú growing region, Costa Rica

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.75/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2016

Agtron: 52/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Quietly rich, harmoniously sweet. Caramel, green grape, rhododendron, baker’s chocolate, walnut in aroma and cup. Crisp, sweet acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The richly drying finish consolidates around chocolate and walnut.


Produced from trees of the Caturra and Catuai varieties of Arabica by the Cooperativa de Caficultores de Dota, a cooperative admired for its environmental and social initiatives as well as its fine coffees. Processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of Costa Rica coffees for Coffee Review‘s October 2016 tasting report. Big Shoulders Coffee is a Chicago artisan roaster that emphasizes a fresh-roasted, no-nonsense approach to fine coffee. Visit www.bigshoulderscoffee.com or call 312-888-3042 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A pretty, caramel-toned cup for those who like their coffees crisp and chocolaty.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2016 tasting report: Costa Rica 2016: Innovation and Success in a Changing Market

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