The Roasterie

Costa Rica La Candelilla Honey Peaberry

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Origin: Tarrazu growing region, Costa Rica.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $22.50/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2012

Agtron: 48/70

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, crisply sweet-toned. Fresh-cut fir, apricot, brown sugar and chocolate in aroma and cup. Gently and sweetly tart acidity; silky mouthfeel. Sweetness outlasts a drying astringency in the finish.


Grown and processed on the La Candelilla Estate in Costa Rica’s famous Tarrazú growing region. This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Processed using the honey method, which means that the outer skin is removed as it is in the wet process, but all or some of the sticky fruit residue is allowed to dry on the bean and later removed by machine along with the parchment skin. The Roasterie is a longtime leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that emphasizes its commitment to “air roasting,” a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit www.theroasterie.com or call 800-376-0245 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy white wines that are delicate and crisply dry yet sweet.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2012 tasting report: Honey and Pulped Natural Coffees

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