Fratello Coffee Roasters
Costa Rican Calle de Copey
|Roaster Location:||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Coffee Origin:||Tarrazu growing region, central Costa Rica|
|Est. Price:||CAD $13.60/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2010|
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
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