Quartermaine Coffee Roasters
Costa Rica Heirloom Typica
|Roaster Location:||Rockville, Maryland|
|Coffee Origin:||Tarrazu growing region, Central Costa Rica|
|Review Date:||August 2005|
Deep, rich, roasty aroma with considerable complexity: Ken and co-cupper Rodger Owen found flowers (especially), cloves, fresh cedar, caramel. Both found the cup medium-bodied and intensely and pungently bittersweet, with shimmers of flowers and a low-toned fruity character that suggested pipe tobacco to Rodger and a caramelly fruit to Ken. Ken's sample finished cleanly and richly, even with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate, but Rodger drastically reduced his final rating owing to what he described as metallic, rubbery end notes, perhaps a mild roasting fault.
This coffee is produced solely from trees of the old and respected typica variety of arabica in the high-altitude Tarrazu growing region. Quartermaine Coffee Roasters is a small-batch specialty roaster that remains loyal to the roots of specialty coffee, emphasizing freshness maintained not through packaging but via frequent roasting and rapid turnover. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Aficionados of the deep, roundly burned caramel richness that can be applied to a great high-grown coffee by skillfully conducted dark roasts like the one represented by Ken's sample.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2005 tasting report: Aromatic Neighbors: Current Crop Panamas and Costa Ricas