Quartermaine Coffee Roasters
Costa Rica Heirloom Typica
|Roaster Location:||Rockville, Maryland|
|Coffee Origin:||Tarrazu growing region, Central Costa Rica|
|Review Date:||August 2005|
Blind Assessment: 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.
Notes: 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.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2005 tasting report: Aromatic Neighbors: Current Crop Panamas and Costa Ricas