This offering hails from the mountainous Tarrazu region that brings a bright acidity similar to a lemon along with a balanced butterscotch sweetness.
Emilio “Milo” & Laura Gamboa
Ojo de Agua, Tarrazu
Years of Purchase
1700 - 1900 Meters
Lemon, Butterscotch, Balanced
Carrizal is one of the Gamboa family’s four farms and this coffee, in particular, is from the tallest area in their farm or “carrizal arriba.” Growing this variety is no easy task as it is susceptible to disease but its ability to withstand extremely high altitudes and high wind areas makes up for any shortcomings. First discovered in Costa Rica by ICAFE (Instituto del Café de Costa Rica), this variety is known as a dwarf. The Gamboa family has been farming coffee since the 1800s and their micro-mill, Montes de Oro, has been operated since 2006. The entire operation of four farms and mill are co-run by Emilio “Milo” and his wife Laura Gamboa.
An extremely balanced coffee that could rival any other daily driver. While not particularly exotic, this coffee finds its uniqueness in its drinkability. With an almost syrupy body backed by butterscotch-like sweetness, the Montes De Oro invites sip after sip. If you’re looking for the acidity in this bean, give it a chance to cool a bit - a more tepid temperature invites the zest of a lemon to the palate without overshadowing the sweetness. All-in-all, this is a coffee suitable for morning, noon, and night while also lending itself well to a relaxed sipping session or the occasional taste while engaged in business.
Well balanced coffee
This is well balanced, has that nice fruit forward flavor that I like but its not overpowering on the palette.
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