This is a very nice Co-op production by COOPEPALMARES, they have a state of the art processing facility with certifications in quality and environmental management. The wet mill utilizes recycled water and the mechanical dryers recirculate airflow to maximize furnace efficiency. The facility also has an organic fertilizer production plant and a water treatment plant.
COOPEPALMARES operates two supermarkets in Palmares and sells roasted coffee for national consumption (although the nicer chops like this tend to get more money when exported). Coop members have access to low interest loans and healthcare for their families at the coop-run health center and mobile clinic.
Tasting Notes: A very nice and clean Costa. Lighter roasts will show that classic Costa floral acidity, a little bit on the lemony side balanced with a little dry nutty chocolate tone. As the roasting pushed more into the medium category the cup develops a bit more body and reduced acidity levels giving a much smoother mouthfeel and more defined chocolaty factor, creates the best balance of tones, a little lighter floral, a little chocolaty/nutty, very pleasant drinker. Darker roasts hold up nicely and turn the cup more stronger and more bakers chocolate like, the roasty notes from darker roasting do compliment the cup but pretty much burn out the more floral sweet character.
Roasting Notes: As with most Costa Rican coffee, the medium roast mark tends to be where they shine. Great everyday drinkers that show some bright complexities on more mild mannered cups. Everyone tends to like a nice Costa, a easy guess on what to serve a crowd of friends or family. A good screen of coffee, easy to roast.