Fratello Coffee Roasters

Costa Rican Calle de Copey

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Origin: Tarrazu growing region, central Costa Rica

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: CAD $13.60/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2010

Agtron: 47/56

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deep, balanced, with a round, low-acid fruit that struck co-cupper Wendy De Jong (89) as cherry in the nose and melon and ripe pineapple in the cup, while Ken (89) read a fruit-toned chocolate in both. Wendy joined him in the chocolate camp (“milk chocolate”) for the finish. Both found the acidity quiet, the mouthfeel plush.


Produced from beans of the Caturra variety on the Calle de Copey farm and a prize winner in the 2009 Costa Rica Cup of Excellence (www.cupofexcellence.org) competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed third out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 89.12 from an international jury. Calgary-based Fratello is a second-generation boutique coffee roaster owned by three brothers who focus on responsible trade relationships with coffee growers. Visit www.fratellocoffee.com or call 800-944-2545 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: This fine coffee may have faded a bit since its harvest in 2009, but coffee drinkers who enjoy a roundly balanced, lush-bodied, fruit-and-chocolate-toned cup may find reason to celebrate rather than complain.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2010 tasting report: Prize-Winning Coffees from Latin America

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