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Costa Rica Helsar - Magdalena Vega


Caramelized sugars, black tea, lemon zest, dry cherry, spiced, balance.

Roast: Medium

Varietal: Catuai Caturra

Cupping Score: 87

12 ounces

This lot is from a rather small farm owned by Magdalena Vega. She delivers all the coffee fruit to the nearby Santa Lucia farm where it is processed at the Helsar de Zarcero  micro mill. The vast majority of this finca is planted in Caturra cultivar, though there is Catuai variety also mixed in. (Farms are rarely planted exclusively in one variety of coffee). Magdalena inherited the farm from a larger plot shared between her seven brothers. It measures at less than 5 hectares and tops out near 1700 meters, producing about 10k lbs a year of exportable green coffee.  Each year we see quality refinements to their process, with new drying beds, warehouse space and dry mill equipment being added in the past season. And we see a consistent quality in that comes from their processing methods, a clean-tasting, classic Costa Rica character with both brightness and balance.

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