CINNAMON, CINNAMON, CINNAMON! IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CINNAMON, AND A DASH OF SPICED RUM. A NOSE OF WARM SPICE WHEN GREEN AND HEADY NUTMEG SCENT WHILST ROASTING.
Our very limited series, Freak & Unique continues with this cinnamon stunner from Costa Rica.
This coffee is roasted each week on Wednesdays.
FARM: La Pastora
REGION: Tarrazu, Costa Rica
ALTITUDE: 1400 - 1500 MASL
VARIETAL: Catuai, Caturra
PROCESS: Natural Anaerobic Fermentation
ARTWORK: Freak & Unique IV by Toucan Tango. Screenprint on 350gsm natural uncoated card, edition of 100, 2021
Coope Tarrazu R.L. was founded in 1960 and today counts around 5000 farm members, with the board of directors still made up of farmers. During the last 15 years, the number of partners has increased by 50% and production by 70%. In 2012, they successfully launched the Café de Comunidades program, which offers micro-zone coffees and distributes a prize invested in communal works.
Tarrazu is the only region in Costa Rica where coffee production is actually growing. Around 19,000 pickers come to the area during harvest time, of which 10,000 will pick for the coop.
The Coope Tarrazu R.L. provides nurseries, agronomy support and training, along with a whole host of community services and support. Coffee pulp is converted into organic fertiliser, coffee trees are given to farmers to maintain crop health, and power for the office is generated from solar panels.
The coffee is anaerobic fermented, which means the coffee ferments in tanks without oxygen, creating a metabolic process that converts the carbohydrates to organic acids, gases or alcohols. Compared to aerobic, anaerobic fermentation produces distinct acids, like lactic acids, that give the final coffee a truly striking flavour.