The Regional Select program was created to highlight the unique profiles our importers have found that are inherent to various microclimates in many of the countries from which they source green coffee. Local variables like wind patterns, soil quality, sunlight, elevation, and other environmental influencers have much to do with the common characteristics that separate, say, a Northern Colombian from a Southern Colombian coffee, just as they inform the differences between a Colombian and a Kenyan.
For our Regional Select offerings, we source based on cup quality and character, seeking a balance of “taste of place” with availability and price. These lots are built as blends from coffees that cup out between 84–87 on our 100-point cupping scale, and come with regional and often microregional traceability, but are not farm- or producer-specific.
Costa Rica'sWest Valley has a high percentage of Cup of Excellence–winners, and grows an abundance of both the Costa Rica–specific varieties Villa Sarchi and Villa Lobos, as well as some of the more “experimental” varieties that have come here, such as SL-28 and Gesha.
Costa Rica - Washed
Country: Costa Rica
Region: West Valley
Farm: Various smallholder farmers
Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, Villa Sarchi, Villalobos, Sarchimor, Venecia, Costa Rica 95
Altitude: 1350–1750 masl
Proc. Method: Washed
Harvest Schedule: December–April
Caramel and chocolate with ripe citrus fruits; sweet with a juicy acidity and a smooth mouthfeel.