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Costa Rica - Central Valley, Café Vida

Impressions: Chocolate. Apple. Sweet Fresh ground fragrance of Swiss Chocolate, caramel, jasmine and apple, with nougat and raisin in the aroma. Apple and chocolate intensify in a sweet and buttery smooth cup that gets richer, and more complex as it cools. Medium apple acidity with a short pleasant finish that includes leather, chocolate, and sugar cane. A pleasant cup.


  • Sweet
  • Caramel
  • Apple
  • Vanilla
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Swiss Chocolate
  • Jasmine
  • Nougat
  • Raisin
  • Sugar cane


Origin Data

Varieties: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, Villa Sarchi, Villalobos, Sarchimor, Venecia, Costa Rica 95

Region: Central Valley - Small Holder Farms

Process: Washed

Elevation: 5250 ft.

Certifications: Organic


Café Vida captures the classic profile of a Washed Costa Rican coffee, with up-front sweetness, mild nuttiness, and sparkling but gentle apple acidity. These are easy-drinking coffees that work well as approachable single-origin brews, or as a sweet base in a blend for any application. The Central Valley Cafe Vida offerings are different than those from Tarrazú and Brunca in that they are "Fully Washed," meaning the cherries are depulped, fermented, and washed clean of mucilage. Typically in Costa Rica, Washed coffees are processed using a demucilaging machine, which mechanically removes the fruit material using friction instead of fermentation. These coffees are depulped and placed in fermentation tanks for 12–24 hours, depending on the pH level of the coffee as it ferments, as well as the volume of coffee in the tank. After the fermentation period, the coffee is washed using water channels and passed through a continuous flow centrifuge, which removes the excess water to expedite the drying process.

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