Caffe Luxxe

Costa Rica Tarrazu

Location: Santa Monica, California

Origin: Tarrazu growing region, Costa Rica

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $25.00/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2018

Agtron: 52/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, richly wood-framed. Watermelon candy, sandalwood, narcissus-like flowers, toasted pecan, maple syrup in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. Aromatic wood leads in the short finish, while notes of watermelon candy (think Jolly Rancher) and sweet florals resurface in the long.


Produced by Martin Urena of La Chumeca Farm entirely from trees of the respected Red Catuai variety of Arabica. This is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Caffè Luxxe is an Italian-inflected artisan roaster and retailer that emphasizes both its coffee knowledge and precision and its straightforward lack of pretension. Visit www.caffeluxxe.com or call 310-394-2222 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A paradoxical natural-processed Costa Rica coffee with big sweetness (fruit and florals) and rich aromatic wood notes in equal measure.

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