Bull Run Roasting

Costa Rica La Legua de Aserri Don Mayo Estate

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Origin: Tarrazu growing region, central Costa Rica.

Roast: Medium

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Review Date: July 2009

Agtron: 47/59

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

“It’s sweet,” reports co-cupper Andy Newbom (90); Ken (90) agrees, though Ken is most impressed by the way sweetness is balanced by a deep pungency. Perhaps that’s what Andy is describing when he cites “Warm peaches and apple blossoms with hints of dark cherry” in the aroma. Lemon figures prominently in Andy’s descriptors of acidity and cup, tart berry in Ken’s. Both find suggestions of cocoa nibs, chocolate, and cassis. Andy finds “an intriguing lavender … note” in a finish that Ken describes more generally as “sweet, rich and deep.”


This micro-lot is comprised entirely of the heirloom variety Bourbon from Hector Bonilla’s El Beneficio, El Llano, and La Casa farms. Bull Run is a specialty coffee roaster and wholesaler, with plans to retail their coffee in a soon-to-open store and online. Visit www.bullrunroasters.com or call 800-481-4197 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A medium-dark roast level deepens the tightly complex, crisply sweet fruit of this Costa Rica Bourbon.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2009 tasting report: Botany and the Cup: The Bourbon Conundrum

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