Tastes like: Candy apple + brown butter Region: Central Valley Farm: Various smallholder farmers Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Villa Sarchi + Costa Rica Altitude: 1100 - 1600 m.a.s.l Processing: Fully washed
Café Vida captures the classic profile of a washed Costa Rican coffee with up-front sweetness, mild nuttiness, and smooth chocolatey flavour. We think it tastes like candy-apple and brown butter. This is an easy-drinking roast that works well as a daily brew. This tastes great as a single origin and a companion, which is why if you're an adventurer, you will find it paired with our current Ethiopian roast for our In Bloom and Butterknife blend.
This roast from Central Valley is different than our previous offering from the Tarrazú region. This is because it's "Fully Washed," meaning the cherries are de-pulped, fermented, and washed clean. Typically in Costa Rica, washed coffees are processed using a different machine that mechanically removes the fruit material using friction instead of fermentation.
This coffee was de-pulped and placed in a fermentation tank for 12–24 hours. The time it spends in the tank depends on the pH level of the coffee. This means that each batch is carefully monitored and individually crafted. After the fermentation period, the coffee is washed using water channels and passed through a centriflux machine, which removes the excess water and expedites the drying process.
Grab yourself a cup of the good stuff, and you'll see why we think it tastes so fresh and so clean.
About Costa Rican Coffee: Coffee was planted in Costa Rica in the late 1700s, and it was the first Central American country to have a fully established coffee industry.
Lcafe is the national coffee association, an NGO that assists in the agricultural and commercial development of the Costa Rican coffee market. It is funded by an export tax on all coffee, which is used for scientific research into Arabica genetics and biology, plant pathology, soil and water analysis, and oversight of industry.
Lcafe exists to guarantee that contract terms for Costa Rican coffee ensure the farmer receives 80% of the “free on board,” price where the ownership and price risks are transferred from the farmer/seller to the buyer.
Costa Rica contributes less than 1% of the world’s coffee production, yet it has a strong reputation for producing great, easy-to-drink coffee.
One way that Costa Rica has differentiated itself among coffee-growing nations is through the diversity of profiles in its growing regions, despite the country’s relatively small geographical size.
Tarrazú might be the most famous of the regions: Its high altitudes contribute to its coffees’ crisp acidity.