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Quaffee Coffee Bean Box

Quaffee - Costa Rica La Canuela Natural

R 140.00

We receive fresh deliveries of these coffee beans several times per week. Please allow up to 2-3 working days after you order for dispatch in case we need to wait for the next delivery.

Despite Quaffee's penchant for high quality Latin American coffee, we don't get a lot of Costa Rican coffee beans from our friends in Constantia. This is in fact only the third in more than 5 years of working together! That should already give you a good reason to sit up and take notice. Our friends at Quaffee are very choosy!

While Costa Rica has a long and proud history of coffee cultivation, most of its crops go to big commercial buyers who rely on the country's consistent and classic flavour profiles and aren't looking for anything too adventurous or distinct. Nevertheless, there are small producers who are really focused on quality and have coffees to share that have more than just run of the mill chocolate & nut flavours. This is just such a deliciously atypical example, which is probably what drew our friends from Quaffee to it.

Don Rigoberto is actually a potato-producer-turned-coffee-farmer. What is particularly interest about his story, is that he started trying to grow coffees to specialty standards as soon as he started growing coffee. He has also not shied away from alternative processing methods, and this one is a natural, which is much less common than the honey and washed processes favoured in Central America.

Phaedon's tasting notes

This coffee made a strong impression in my first pour-overs and French press brews, before I'd even looked at the label to find out what I was drinking. The flavours are truly intriguing; it's incredibly complex with quite a wide variety of flavours to experience depending on the brew method.

I find lime in some cups, and tropical fruit notes in others. There's perhaps even a hint of melon. I also found tart berry flavours in my pour-over brews, and even some apple and tea notes. It's all beautifully underpinned with a nutty finish. This is not your average Costa Rican coffee!

Quaffee's notes

  • Taste Profile: 4-star complexity with fruit, molasses sweetness a hint of cocoa and medium-full body
  • Roast used: Medium charge with intense heat to start. Followed by moderate heat to flatten the ramp rate, browning. Finishing with intense heat and a short development from first crack.
  • Brewing recommendations
    • Espresso - 1:2.1 (24sec)
    • AeroPress - 17g:200g
    • Plunger - 48g:800g
    • Pour over/filter - 18g:300g

Coffee details

  • Farmer: Rigoberto Chavez Salazar, Linda Vista
  • Region: Zarcero, West Central Valley
  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Altitude: 1,600 masl
  • Cultivar: Red Cataui, Caturra
  • Processing: Natural process coffee, with regular aeration.

Quaffee transparency information

  • Sourced from: Sevenoak‘s Trading
  • FOB price: U$D 4.35 per pound
  • Cupping score: 83.75
  • Lot size bought: 1 x 69kg bag
  • Relationship: This is our first coffee from this producer