Tasting Notes: Candied Fruit, Floral, Citrus
Origin: Tarrazu, Costa Rica
Producers: Daniela Gutierrez
As is the case with many coffees from Costa Rica, El Higueron is a family affair. Jorge Gutierrez has been farming coffee for many years and has passed the passion for quality production on to his daughters. Their operation has grown over the years, notably with the purchase of their own micro-mill in 2008. Now Jorge's daughter Daniela manages the family mill while Jorge oversees the farms. They focus on maintaining quality standards while developing sustainable practices like reducing water used in processing and planting shade trees to promote biodiversity and lower their carbon footprint.
El Higueron is a unique washed coffee that is defined by its fruity notes of cherry and plum that are punched up with a candy-like sweetness. In contrast, a citrusy lemongrass note smooths the profile out and adds some complexity to the brew. A light floral aftertaste lingers when all is said and done, which has convinced us more than once to brew a second cup. We love coffees that combine unexpected flavors into something cohesive, and El Higueron does so perfectly. Give it a try, and let us know how you like it!