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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.

Notes:

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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