I want to write this sensitively, as there is every chance Alejo Castro will read this and with this being our first season, I want to be fair and optimistic. Alejo grows many coffee varietals and we have dipped our toe with this lot as we have tasted a rollercoaster of flavours from Costa Rica this year, seriously and literally. This coffee wins for me because it is incredibly consistent in screen size and colour and moisture. All very good. Typically, we get some truly incredible acidity with the fantastic altitude in Costa Rica, however, this is more balanced and if I can be completely honest (so tempted to use capitals there) this is safe. For me, it is well produced and it will be great in so many places that just want a nicely rounded filter, but this is not Alejo’s Geisha (or coffee crown jewels) It is a fine tasty main crop. It is not the score someone wearing a “Q” grader badge may have experienced, whilst comparing against lesser coffees. So gloves fell off there a bit. I hope you get the gist. Great. tasty and pleasing, second cup, not shock waves and challenging, until you take it to the espresso machine!
Farmer: Alejo Castro
Farm Volcan Azul
Altitude: 1540-1720 Meters above sea level
Process: Yellow Honey
Recipe: 55-65g per litre.
Cup Potential (Filter). Sweet white grapes, chocolaty, creamy body.
Espresso: This is like real dry traditional cider, with a creamy body. In Milk: dark chocolate and brown sugar. (Revelations! and deliciousness)
Volcan Azul is a 5th generation farm, producing many different single varietals and processes. The long game is the aim with quality, which we especially like at James Gourmet. The whole process is controlled by the farm and the operation is relatively small. These are all things that work for us. Coffee on a human scale with a history. Echo, echo, echo!