Atomic Cafe Coffee Roasters

Costa Rica El Conquistador

Location: Beverly, Massachusetts

Origin: Tarrazu growing region, central Costa Rica

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: April 2008

Agtron: 54/68

Aroma: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deep-toned, cherryish fruit and pungent aromatic wood in the aroma. In the cup pronounced, citrus-toned acidity, full mouthfeel, bittersweet structure, with continued hints of cherry, cocoa, and a pungent wood or tomato note. The cocoa turns toward chocolate in the long, rich finish.


El Conquistador is essentially a brand of green coffee associated with a particularly high-altitude portion of the famous Tarrazu growing region and with certain picking and processing nuances (riper fruit, perhaps longer fermentation) that arguably also affect its cup character along with its high-altitude terroir. Atomic Cafe is a coffee house on the North Shore of Massachusetts that began its refined in-house roasting program in 2005. Visit www.atomicafe.com or call 978-922-0042 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A Costa Rica for non-conformists: classic acidity, big body but a hint of ambiguous, perhaps exotic pungency in the aromatics.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2008 tasting report: Special Reserve is Dead. Long Live Special Reserve.

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