Tasting Notes: Candied Fruit, Floral, Citrus

Tasting Notes: Candied Fruit, Floral, Citrus

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El Higueron

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Tarrazu, Costa Rica


Variety: Caturra

Processing: Washed

Origin: Tarrazu, Costa Rica

Producers: Daniela Gutierrez

Altitude: 1700m

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!

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4.5 out of 5

My wife really loves this one

This was an excellent coffee that we both loved. My wife usually doesn't comment on the flavor of the coffee, but she commented almost immediately how much she enjoyed the flavor.

Douglas G Phillips


Member Since

April '18

4.0 out of 5


Tasty. Enjoyed it. Thank you

Brett Holloway


Member Since

January '19

4.0 out of 5

Good, mild, liked it but wanted to like it more

It does have some of the fruit notes mentioned in the description. Overall, it was a good cup of coffee, though not as distinct or delicious as a lot of others I've had from MCC or elsewhere.

Tyler Halstead


Member Since

July '18

5.0 out of 5

Absolutely Stunning

I got this shipment of beans and ground it up in my EK and pulled a shot on the Oscar and immediately got a great shot with a little bit of candied fruit flavor. It’s a new flavor to me and it was very cool. With a litttle bit of tweaking I got a shot of espresso with candied fruit noted mad style. This easily shot up to being one of my favorite roasts πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ”₯

On 04/22/19 BJ said

So glad to hear - enjoy those shots! :)

Scott B Meyer


Member Since

April '18