Coopronaranjo (the co-op behind this coffee) was established in 1968 in the the Canton of Naranjo within the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. La Rosa comes from a select group of producers including Henry Méndez Arce, Carlos Haug, Alcides Camacho, Fernando París, Xenia Sanchez, Guillermo Chacón and Juan José Araya, each with farms that average 20 acres in size. Coopronaranjo strives to have a social impact in the community through school supply programs. Cooperative members also volunteer at the fire station and a program for people with disabilities called Talita Cumi.
This cup holds very true to the classic Costa profile. Very floral with a bit of a soft fruit tone upfront balanced with a nutty and chocolaty undertone. Clean cup but very bright at lighter roasts. Medium to dark gets nicely balanced and becomes a cup I could drink all day long. Dark roasts have low acidity and become a little edgy and smoky but tasty.
Best at a medium to dark roast. Lighter you will you will pick up more acidic notes, at a medium (city +) you will taste the great complexities that you may loose if roasted too dark.