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Origin Coffee Roasting - Costa Rica Don Alfonso Washed

R 140

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This very special single origin coffee comes from one of the largest and most historic coffee farms in Costa Rica. Aquiares was actually established by British farmers in 1890, and was one of the first estates to export Costa Rican coffee. The farm was purchased by the current owning family in 1971 and management came under Don Alfonso, after whom the coffee is named, in 1992.

Lots bearing Don Alfonso's name are among the best the estate has to offer - a way of paying homage to the legacy he has created for his community and family. When he took over, he not only championed top quality production, but also social justice, ensuring that the welfare of his farm workers and the wider community were treated as high priorities.

What's particularly exciting about this Don Alfonso coffee is that our friends at Origin have managed to source both a fully washed and a natural-processed version. It's a rare opportunity to taste the exact same coffee processed two different ways and we'd highly encourage you to undertake this exploration of coffee flavour while you can -  your taste buds won't regret it.

This washed version has a tropical fruit acidity that's definitely more pronounced than its natural counterpart. It also has a sugary sweetness accompanied by a winter-spice characteristic that's reminiscent of cinnamon. You  may also find some lychee, particularly in a Chemex brew, which was our favourite way to enjoy this coffee.

Roaster's notes

  • Flavour: Caramelised Sugar, Lychee, Cinnamon
  • Body: Medium, Juicy
  • Roast: Light
  • Acidity: Mild, Grape
  • Suitable for: Pour-over, Aeropress, Moka Pot, Espresso

Coffee details

  • Farm: Aquiares Estate
  • Owner: Olman Aguilera Chaves
  • Variety: Caturra
  • Processing: Fully-washed, dried in mechanical drier for 32 hours at 40ºC
  • Altitude: 800 to 1,400 masl
  • Town/City:  Aquiares
  • Region: Turrialba
  • Country: Costa Rica