There is nowhere like Costa Rica when it comes to coffee cooperatives. CoopeDota, which produces this coffee, is one of the finest.
It starts with an unmatched commitment to the environment. CoopeDota has a first of its kind certified carbon-neutral mill, which features hydro-powered energy consumption, water efficient eco-pulpers (also called a demucilager), and mechanical coffee dryers fueled by coffee parchment. Nearly 900 producer-members living throughout the canton of Dota within the province of San Jose, Costa Rica focus their attention on farm management throughout the year and then deliver their cherry to the CoopeDota mill where traceability and quality control are second to none.
CoopeDota has an equally intricate model of income diversification with a profitable agriculture supply store and tourism department dedicated to showing off coffee farms to visitors. They also roast their own coffee and operate three cafes and a cupper/barista training center. Their commitment to the environment also extends to the community of Santa Maria de Dota where the cooperative manages trash pickup for the entire town.
Tasting Notes: A unique spin on a classic Costa Rican profile. This cup does have some noticeable fruited tones, but not a complete fruit bomb, will appeal to both Washed and Natural processed fans. Good body, medium to low acidity and a balanced cup; complex nutty/chocolaty versus fruity/floral tones with some spicier overlays. Lighter roasts will have some lemony acidity but it roasts out pretty quickly, clean cup lighter, can pull slightly grassy tones right at first crack but any development past this will shine. Natural processed fans should lean towards these lighter roasts while classic Costa fans should go a bit fuller, medium to dark, where its turn nice and rich with strong nutty/chocolaty tones and just a hint of a fruity factor is the aftertaste.
Roasting Notes: High chaff and slightly uneven roasting, a fun example of a honey processed coffee. Make sure it all gets through first crack before cooling it out or risk some grassy tones, recommend starting at a nice medium roast and taking it lighter/darker depending on personal taste. Setup is crucial, will come off pretty edgy for the first couple days, will smooth out and is much more defined 48 hours after roasting.