|Curridabat, Costa Rica
|West-central Costa Rica
Both Ken and co-taster Willem Boot criticized this coffee's tendency to sharpness and astringency. Ken nevertheless admired a "heavy apricot-toned fruit" that complicated the small cup and maintained a pleasing if lean presence in milk. Willem 76, Ken 84.
Café Rey is a large Costa Rican roasting company. This coffee represents its premium offering for espresso brewing. Roasted and packed in Costa Rica. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who, like Ken, value dry, low-toned fruit character and tolerate an acidy astringency in single shots and milk drinks.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2003 tasting report: Not Your Ordinary Espressos