Costa Rica “Macho” Arce

Costa Rica “Macho” Arce

 

This is a separated lot from a single producer at the Helsar de Zarcero micromill, Manual “Macho” Arce. Any one that goes by the name of Macho is someone worth giving a shot. I am glad we did. It’s 100% Caturra cultivar, and has the brightness and citrus accents that personify this varietal. In the past, this coffee was sold to blend with general mill lots, but it’s a quality that deserves to be singled out.

The cup has a bright citric acidity and yet balance as well. Sweetness with orange notes, caramel and vanilla are some of the descriptors that come to mind. It’s a bright, lively cup, not overly complex, but super refreshing. We roast it to a nice Medium Roast, maybe some would call it a Light-Medium Roast.

Region: Llano Bonito de Zarcero, West Valley
Processing: Wet Process
Varietal: Caturra
Intensity/Prime Attribute: Medium intensity. A bright cup, orange acidity, sweet, clean
Roast: Light-Medium, Medium