You've never tried coffee like this before!
During the brief peak of the growing season, the coffee trees' sap is flowing with extra sugar, similar to what occurs during maple sugaring time when northern regions make maple sugar from extra-sweet sap. Coffee cherries picked at this time are extra-sweet, extra-fruity, and extra-flavorful, with a distinct wine-like aroma.
When processed correctly, using a low-water method that leaves some of the sweet pulp on the beans through drying, the nectar process yields a flavor profile that is so different from ordinary coffee that people struggle to describe the unique tastes and aromas it provides.
The Nectar, peak-harvest coffee is usually harvested in a brief two-week window, and is normally reserved for the farmer himself because there is not enough to share. This year, however, the unusally kind weather in Costa Rica resulted in an exceptionally long and prolific Nectar harvesting time. Please note that the Nectar is from the same Dota Estate as the previous coffee. It is a special harvesting and process methodology that results in a microlot of exceptional quality and unique taste profile.
We source our Tarrazu coffee from an environmentally and socially responsible estate farm located in the Dota Tarrazu region. After visiting many farms and coffee mills in the area, we chose this grower because they are producing coffee of equal or better quality than many of the past award winners from the area... they just don't have the budget to enter the high-profile competitions.
The proprietor is a technical innovator who has improved upon even the very strict standards of the Costa Rica Board of Agriculture to produce coffee with zero negative environmental impact. He uses less water to wash the beans, so there is no no wash-off water to decaffeinate and cleanse before being released back into the environment.
From his coffee nursery recovering the heritage of the Villalobos compact Bourbon variety to his well-maintained sun-drying platforms, our grower sets new standards at every step. He harvests his coffee fruits at the peak of the harvest using multiple pickings to preserve the highest volume of the best coffee. He has also set new standards for regionally fair wages and charitable contributions to the community. Green, unroasted coffee for home or commercial roasting.
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Costa Rica's Dota Tarrazu Region
"Tarrazu", like Champagne, is a restricted term that can only apply to the highly-prized coffees grown in one small mountainous region. With your help and ours, our Tarrazu coffee farmer is expanding his farm to the great benefit of the local people, the environment, and the coffee species. Learn more and browse our Costa Rica Dota Tarrazu coffees here.