Costa Rica Cerro Dragon Geisha Honey
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COFFEE REVIEW: 94 points and #29 of the Top 30 Coffees of 2022
Blind Assessment: Delicately sweet-tart, balanced. Guava, macadamia nut, lemon verbena, cocoa nib, oak forest notes in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with high-toned, balanced acidity; crisp, silky mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of cocoa-toned guava with sweet herb undertones.
Notes: Produced by Luis Fernando Prado of Finca Cerro Dragon entirely of the Geisha variety of Arabica, and processed by the honey method, in which the skins are removed from the fruit but some of the fruit flesh is allowed to dry on the beans. RamsHead Coffee Roasters is a family-owned company founded by Bozeman, Montana natives Caleb and Laura Walker that specializes in direct trade microlot coffees.
The Bottom Line: An invitingly complex Costa Rica honey-processed cup driven notes of tropical fruit, sweet herbs and crisp cocoa.
Background: From day one, Luis Fernando Prado has focused his efforts on finding new ways to improve his farming techniques. As a relatively new coffee producer with four years of growing experience, he is eager to invest in whatever it takes to grow high-quality coffee on his farm in the Cedral area in Tarrazú. That is why one hundred percent of the coffee Luis produc- es is sun-dried on raised African beds and patios after it is milled in the Cerro Dragon micro mill.
In the case of this micro-lot, great care was taken to culti- vate the delicate Geisha trees. Nevertheless, the high pric- es that Geisha coffees fetch make the effort worthwhile for many farmers. Roasters can look forward to a beautifully complex cup profile that includes sweet, sugary notes of strawberry, grape, and tropical fruits.
About the Coffee: Roasted to a light-medium profile Cerro Dragon produces a larger medium bodied Geisha. A full mouthfeel that is fruit forward and bright. Sweeter notes of grape and strawberry highlight this cup. Full tasting notes are listed below:
Tasting Notes: Strawberry, Grape, Lychee, Sweet & Sugary, Tropical Fruit