A&E Custom Coffee Roastery
Costa Rica Organic
|Amherst, New Hampshire
|La Amistad growing region, southeastern Costa Rica
Round, rich, rather simple coffee, with spicy (co-cupper Rodger Owen) and gingery (Ken) notes in the aroma. In the cup a soft, sweet acidity and buttery mouthfeel with a low-toned fruit that to Ken suggested prune and semi-sweet chocolate.
Apparently this certified organically grown coffee originates in the La Amistad growing region near the southeastern Costa Rican border with Panama, close to La Amistad International Park, a nature preserve and park that extends on both sides of the border. A&E Custom Coffee Roastery's succinct but comprehensive mission statement reads: "To provide each customer with personalized service and the freshest coffee possible in a business that promotes environmental stewardship and economic fairness to growers." Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who both care about the environment and have trouble deciding between ginger bread and brownies.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2005 tasting report: Aromatic Neighbors: Current Crop Panamas and Costa Ricas